When you are sitting comfortable at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your back. I will be profiling them over the coming days as Poisoned begins streaming on Netflix.

Sarah Sorscher – Director of Regulatory Affairs, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Bio of Sarah:  Sarah Sorscher is an experienced advocate with a passion for public health who fights for a safer, healthier, more transparent food system by promoting consumer safeguards with Congress, federal agencies, and state and local governments. As Director of Regulatory Affairs, she manages CSPI’s policy work related to food safety and labeling, allergens, food additives, dietary supplements, and other consumer products. Her work includes serving on federal advisory committees, testifying before Congress and federal agencies, offering technical advice to policymakers, and providing commentary to the media on consumer and food safety issues.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?   “I am inspired by seeing food policy at work in my own life, from reading food labels in the grocery store to the safety of the meals I eat with my family. But of course, the best part of my job is the food puns. Lettuce rejoice in our work!”

DeLauro Introduces Bill to Strengthen Food Safety Oversight of Corporate, Confined Animal Feeding Operations – Press Release 2023, Sarah quoted

Letter from USDA in response to Salmonella petition – February 2021 

The Government Shutdown is Affecting Food Safety Inspections – Velshi & Ruhl MSNBC interview with Sarah 2019

Comment on Proposed Performance Standards for Salmonella in Pork – Letter to USDA from Sarah Sorscher and James Kincheloe 2022

USDA urged to better protect consumers from Salmonella, Campylobacter in poultry – Sarah Sorscher is quoted 

““We have seen little progress in actually reducing the number of people getting sick from Salmonella or Campylobacter,” said CSPI deputy director of regulatory affairs Sarah Sorscher. “A big reason for that is the USDA has yet to take full advantage of the best current technology and science to control foodborne disease from farm to fork.” 

Proposed Regulatory Framework to Reduce Salmonella Illnesses Attributable to Poultry – Article the outlines FSIS consideration to take steps to minimize Salmonella in our Food ( 1. Require incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella 2. Enhance establishment process control monitoring and FSIS verification 3. Implementing an enforceable final product standard.)