November 30, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union (CU), the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, today commended the Senate for approving the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) that will give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to order food recalls and requires more frequent inspections of food manufacturers. A vote on the bill took place this morning and passed with a vote of 73 to 25.
“Senate passage of this critically needed legislation represents a major milestone for food safety reform and for greater consumer protection from food-borne illness,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at CU. “We urge the House to act promptly to pass food safety through the Congress and on to the President.”
“We thank the Senate for its leadership in shepherding a bipartisan bill which will give the FDA recall powers and better enforcement authority, both needed in the wake of countless outbreaks of E.Coli and Salmonella in everyday food products,” said Ami Gadhia, policy counsel for CU. “A bill signed by the President in time for the holidays would be a terrific gift for the nation.”
Naomi Starkman, 917.539.3924