Target: The United States House of Representatives
Goal: Pass new rules to prevent the contamination of produce and processed food
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new set of rules that will help prevent the contamination of processed food and produce. The proposed rule change is in response to a large spike of foodborne illness in the past couple of years. Annually, tens of thousands of individuals are affected by foodborne illnesses. Support the FDA’s new safety rules, and help prevent food borne illness.
The FDA currently has systems in place that involve taking action against foodborne illness after it has already struck. While this method of policing helps limit the damage, it does very little to keep it from happening, or to prevent it from happening again. The new rules that have been presented to the House of Representatives will take on a more preventative approach. If the rules work as intended, they will prevent people from getting sick in the first place.
The new rules include administrative issues such as a demand for better record keeping, and contingency plans in case of disease outbreak. The focus of the rules, however, is on topics such as avoiding contact between food that may contain bacteria and cooked food. Farmers will also have to make sure that the water they use in their irrigation system meets certain quality standards. Other safety measures include simple things like requiring farm workers to wash their hands, installing portable toilets close to the fields, and ensuring that food is cooked at a high enough temperature to kill bacteria.
While obtaining the money to enforce these new laws remain an issue, the FDA is certain that they will protect consumers and save money in medical expenses down the road. While many people contract food poisoning each year and most recover without concern, 130,000 cases lead to hospitalization, resulting in 3,000 deaths each year. Sign the petition below, and ask the House to approve the FDA’s new food safety regulations.
Dear House of Representatives,
In the recent years, foodborne illness has become a grave concern for people in the United States. While most people recover without concern, 130,000 cases lead to hospitalization, resulting in 3,000 deaths annually. The Food and Drug Administration has presented a set of new rules that will help reduce food borne illness.
While finding the money to enforce stricter food laws will be expensive, it is important to address the growing number of illnesses and deaths caused by food. If the rules work as intended, they could save thousands of lives. The reduction in medical bills will also help to offset some of the cost. I urge you to pass the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations.
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