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Obama Interested in Food Safety?

According to Jane Zhang of the Wall Street Journal, "the issue of food safety is also gaining attention on the campaign trail. Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, introduced legislation that, among other things, aims to identify the needs of state health departments and increase the sharing of information among public-health and regulatory agencies."  I have been unable to find a link to the legislation.  I assume he did do it.

Perhaps he has been reading my posts between waffles:

It is time for politicians to notice that consumers are less and less confident in our food supply

Tainted Food: How To Combat Food Poisoning in the United States? Mr. McCain, Mr. Obama, are You Paying Attention?

Obama – Where is the Beef?

As I have said before, with 76,000,000 million Americans being sickened, 325,000 hospitalized and at least 5,000 deaths every year due to food poisoning, I am sure that politicians can not avoid this issue.

  • I couldn’t find the text yet either, but here’s the official entry on the Library of congress website( http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d110:44:./temp/~bdo6XW:@@@L&summ2=m& )
    S.3358
    Title: A bill to provide for enhanced food-borne illness surveillance and food safety capacity.
    Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/29/2008) Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 7/29/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

  • Nick

    Thanks for the alert on this. I managed to find the bill info in Thomas, but there is no text. S.3358
    Title: A bill to provide for enhanced food-borne illness surveillance and food safety capacity.
    Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/29/2008)
    Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 7/29/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

  • chris

    food handleing plays a big role in food poisening. like for exaple, or fact i should say. early this month i was served a completly raw sandwich. i ended up in the hospitol, and yes it was a public fast food ind.