Single Food Agency Needed, Says CSPI
Durbin and DeLauro Introduce Safe Food Act of 2005
April 6, 2005WASHINGTON--Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today introduced the Safe Food Act of 2005, a bill that would help protect consumers from food-borne illness by consolidating the current fragmented and overlapping food-safety system, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The bill would establish a comprehensive program to protect public health while also bolstering consumer confidence in the safety of the food supply. "Our federal food-safety system is nearly 100 years old," said CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal. "It was never designed to manage modern hazards like E. coli O157:H7 or new concerns like mad cow disease, genetically modified foods, or bioterrorism." The Safe Food Act of 2005 would consolidate the activities of various federal agencies—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, and the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service—each responsible for just a portion of the nation's food supply. "The U.S., with its 'horse and buggy' food laws, is falling behind many other nations when it comes to food safety." said DeWaal. "The Safe Food Act represents a modern science-based approach to food regulation."