News Release

President Signed Historic Food Safety Bill

For Immediate Release

AUSTIN, Jan. 4 – Statement of TexPIRG Public Health Advocate Liz Hitchcock on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that President Obama will sign today, strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety authority for the first time in seventy years.

"The President's signature on the Food Safety Modernization Act finally brings food safety protections for American consumers into the 21st Century."

"From eggs to spinach to peanuts, consumers learn too often that the food they’ve already purchased is unsafe to eat after people have already gotten sick. Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks can only be effectively contained by preventing them in the first place.

"By requiring inspections and giving FDA authority to recall potentially contaminated food, this historic legislation will enable FDA to prevent outbreaks of food-borne illness and to react quickly to contain them by recalling dangerous food.

"According to an analysis released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans get sick, tens of thousands are hospitalized, and more than 3000 people die each year in the United States from eating contaminated food. These numbers represent unacceptable preventable illnesses that FDA can now begin to address.

"The FDA must now develop strong regulations to put the law to work for American consumers, and Congress must provide sufficient resources to allow FDA to fulfill its food safety mandate."

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will protect consumers by:

  • Requiring more frequent inspections of food facilities to make sure they are following the rules.
  • Giving the FDA the authority to order a recall of potentially contaminated food.
  • Requiring the food manufacturers to have food-safety plans that will prevent contaminated food from reaching consumers.
  • Setting responsible standards for produce safety, so parents can have confidence that fresh fruits and vegetables are nutritious and safe to serve to their children.
  • Setting standards for imported food to end the practice by foreign producers of dumping unsafe food on the American market.

Defend the CFPB

Tell your senators to oppose the “Financial CHOICE Act,” which would gut Wall Street reforms and destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it.

Support Us

Your donation supports TexPIRG's work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates, and take action on critical issues.
Optional Member Code