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Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Want To Give FDA Food Recall Powers

July 12, 2010: 10:29 AM EST
Eighty percent of Americans want the Congress to empower the U.S. FDA to recall food that is potentially dangerous to health and safety, according to a poll conducted by the Consumers Union. Centers for Disease Control figures show that 76 million Americans each year are sickened, 325,000 hospitalized, and 5,000 die from consuming contaminated food, but the FDA inspects less than a quarter of all food facilities each year and has no power to recall dangerous food. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has passed the House but is stalled in the Senate. The legislation also requires the FDA to inspect all high-risk food processors at least once a year, CU said. “Americans want Congress to make our food safe now,” said a CU official.
Consumers Union, "Support for Congress acting immediately to pass legislation to provide the FDA broader authority to recall food", National poll results, July 12, 2010, © Consumers Union
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