The list of recalls seems to never end - and lately, problems have been found in foods most of us never thought were risky. But this string of recalls has shown that when regulators are unable or unwilling to keep an eye on big food processors, lots of foods can put consumers at risk. Will you ask Congress to fix our broken food safety system?
A lot of rumors circulating on the internet are claiming that any food safety legislation, and one bill in particular, could spell doom for farmers' markets and organic farming, or even outlaw backyard gardens. While it is important to think about whether any proposal could have unintended consequences, the claims made in these emails aren't true.
We need to make sure that any new food safety rules avoid the trap of one-size-fits-all regulations that tend to only benefit one size - the largest. But that doesn't mean we can go on living with a broken regulatory system that lets companies get away with knowingly shipping contaminated product from a filthy plant.
Congress will be back in session next week and they need to hear from you that it's time to get to work on food safety. Tell Congress that consumers want a food safety system that requires inspection of food processing plants at least once a year, holds imported foods to the same standards as domestic products, and sets up common-sense systems that small farms and local food providers can live with. Contact Congress now.
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Alex, Sarah, Noelle and the Food Team
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.