Change comes to Washington

February 4th, 2009

As our 44th President of the United Sates Barrack Obama promised so often during his campaign

As our 44th President of the United Sates Barrack Obama promised so often during his campaign, all things including Food Safety are open to review under his administration.

From this author’s perspective, it’s about time. One of the great frustrations that many citizens suffer endlessly with the government is bureaucratic back talk and promises of what’s to come. If the present administration can have an impact on food safety, this author welcomes it even though I did not vote for the democratic ticket.

An article in USA TODAY by Elizabeth White is titled Obama promises ‘complete review’ of FDA operations and a by line of Congress to take look at outbreak of Salmonella. In the article our new President discusses that one of his daughters eats peanut butter every day for lunch and he does not want to worry whether she is going to get sick from her lunch. Amen to that.

Further, the article goes on to state that Congress appears to agree and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a meeting this week on food safety oversight.

We already know that over 550 people have been taken ill and as many as eight people have died from this outbreak. This is the 2nd largest outbreak in decades trailing only last years outbreak associated with tomatoes and peppers which affected over 1000 people.

This author has offered many suggestions as to possible solutions to the issue of food safety that range from traceability to best practice scorecards that hold suppliers accountable to a variety of safety programs from ISO to GFSI. If it takes the new administration to drive the desired level of focus on this issue, so be it.

As always we look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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