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Trust for America's Health: New E. Coli Outbreak, Confusion Around Salmonella Show Food Safety System Remains Broken
Date:7/2/2008

ed in a more effective way, or prevented from reaching the kitchens and plates of the American public altogether.

TFAH's 2008 report identified major gaps in the nation's food safety system, including obsolete laws, misallocation of resources, and inconsistencies among major food safety agencies. TFAH calls for a series of actions to modernize the nation's food safety system by using strategic inspection practices and state-of-the-art surveillance.

Key recommendations include:

-- Repealing outdated end-product and processing plant inspection mandates and shift the emphasis of inspection practices to the prevention of outbreaks and illnesses through the entire food production process and supply chain;

-- Creating mechanisms that allow inspection practices to keep pace with changes in the industry;

-- Establishing uniform performance standards and best practices that are enforceable through actions including detention and recall authority and civil penalty authority;

-- Requiring food safety education for commercial food handlers;

-- Improving monitoring of foreign imports and international practices; and

-- Strengthening the FDA with increased funding and aligning resources with high risk threats, with the long-term goal of realigning all federal food safety functions.

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. http://www.healthyamericans.org


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