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Food safety for thought

| Saturday, July 14, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

Food safety for thought

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI), a food safety nonprofit dedicated to preventing food-borne illness and promoting stronger food-safety protections, appreciates the news story “Food safety rules kept on back burner” (July 3 and TribLIVE.com).

After so much work in 2009 and 2010 to get the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed and signed into law, CFI is disappointed that the White House has refused to allow key portions of the law to be implemented. This means that consumers are continuing to purchase foods produced under outdated standards.

FSMA has bipartisan support, along with support from industry and consumer groups, but to date the administration has not released important Food and Drug Administration proposals to implement the new law. Consumers can voice their concern with the delays by writing the White House and telling the president that food safety matters. America needs the FSMA regulations implemented. American consumers expect and deserve safe food.

More information on FSMA, foodborne illness and food safety issues is available on CFI's website, foodborneillness.org.

Again, thank you for your timely and accurate reporting on this topic.

Patricia Buck

Grove City

The writer is director of outreach and education and co-founder of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, whose headquarters moved from Grove City to Raleigh, N.C., in January.

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