June 30, 2014

Bill pushes for more USDA recall authority related to salmonella

Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation on Wednesday they said would strengthen USDA’s ability to recall products associated with illness outbreaks even when the product is not considered “adulterated.”

The Pathogens Reduction and Testing Reform Act, backed by Food and Water Watch and Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is in part a reaction to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg traced back to chicken produced by Foster Farms that since March 2013 has sickened about 600 people, many of whom were hospitalized. Read More

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