Update Food Safety Laws in the U.S.

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Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Update the U.S. food-system to fight food-borne illnesses.

Food-borne illnesses continue to plague the United States, endangering the lives of millions of Americans.  A new law to help prevent the contamination of food sources was signed by President Obama in January of 2011, but over a year later, the major components of that law have still not gone into effect.  These laws are intended to update the regulation of our food system and are vital to the prevention of deaths caused by food-borne illnesses.  Demand that these laws be put into effect immediately to give our food safety regulations the update they require and save the lives of many.

Food-borne illnesses have been on the rise, with two new outbreaks in the past month alone.  One of these outbreaks deals with cantaloupe grown in the state of Indiana, and the second is in imported mangoes.  Laws to regulate the production of such foods already exist.  The government has been, essentially, holding these safety regulations captive ever since the bill was signed in January 2011.  Critics say there is no need for the government to take as much time as they have, and the delay may be due to election politics.

The laws passed back in 2011 were the first large-sweeping update to our food-safety laws in 70 years, meaning the laws that are currently in use to protect our food are extremely out-of-date.  Once the new regulations are put into action, the government will gain control over food producers and be able to ensure that the food they are selling is safe.

These laws are vital to the health and safety of all Americans.  Demand that the government enact these laws immediately and stop dawdling for the sake of an election.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Food and Drug Administration,

Recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in domestic cantaloupes and imported mangoes prove that our regulation of the food-industry is failing.  There are lives being lost and many more falling ill due to the inadequacies of our out-of-date food regulations.  We can no longer rely on laws that were created in 1930 when our food-industry was much smaller and very different.

The solution to these problems is simple and has already been developed through the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.  This act was signed into law by President Obama in January of 2011, but many of the major, vital components have yet to be enacted by your office.

For the sake of the health of Americans, I demand that you immediately enact all parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

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  1. Lobbyists are strong and government agencies have no clout and too weak to do much for us.

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