70 years since the last overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A transformation from primarily responding to crises and reacting to outbreaks and recalls to a prevention watchdog. This is an effort to increase protection against contaminated food, including food that comes from abroad and other countries. Crisis reporting agencies have been reporting raw sewage being dumped next to growing vegetables and water contaminated with human waste. Some of this water may also be used in food packaging and production.
The Los Angeles Times Wednesday, December 1, 2010 article Senate OKs bill on food safety, states that this bipartisan effort gives the government new tools for protecting consumers against tainted fruits, vegetables, eggs and other foods.
This Senate response is timely considering the recent reports on foreign food production sanitation issues.