Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Obama to Sign Food Safety Bill

According to this article:

Congress has passed a bill that "will be the first major overhaul of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930s."

This is good news but the article also goes on to say,

"The new law would not extend to meat, poultry or processed eggs. Those foods are regulated by the Agriculture Department and are subjected to more rigorous inspections and oversight than foods regulated by the FDA."

Really?  While our peanut butter may soon be safer for consumption, we will still have to worry about e coli in meat products?  I believe that even though the Agriculture Department claims to “more rigorous inspections” of meat, poultry and eggs they don’t seem to be doing the best job they possibly can.  I see articles all the time on unsafe practices in the meat industry such as this one

To me, this new bill only works to solve only about half the food problems in this country since the U.S. is still a nation where the majority of people still like to eat meat and big portions of it.  Even though I no longer consume beef, pork, poultry, eggs and fish/seafood, it would be nice if we could see improved safety standards put in place for those that do.

If you knew some of the unsafe practices of the meat industry you would realize that Congress and President Obama still need to work on making all types of food safe for everyone in this country.  The article also mentions that "The bill had broad bipartisan backing in Congress".  If this is the case then this really should be a no brainer as it looks to be one of the few issues that both of our major political parties agree on, don’t you think?

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Talk to you soon!
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