27 July 2011

Alert: Papaya Recall We Didn't Hear About

Yes, the Recall was issued 3 days ago and No, I can't find anything in the local "news" about it.  Luckily, I get Rosa DeLauro's Press Releases....

Washington, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Ranking Member on the Labor, Education, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee,  released the following statement today in response to the recall of all Papayas imported from Mexico by Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas due to potential Salmonella contamination. Currently, there are 97 cases of Salmonella poisoning across 23 states, including 10 hospitalizations that are possibly linked to these Papayas.

“This recall is a prime example of why we must fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act. This legislation, signed into law last year, has the capacity to strengthen and modernize our food safety system—but will only be successful if it has the tools and authority it needs.

“Nearly 100 Americans are suffering because they consumed contaminated fruit and our food safety system was not able to prevent it. The Food Safety Modernization Act gives the FDA new tools to better ensure that the food we consume, including that imported, is safe. We have charged the FDA with the responsibility of protecting American consumers, but the House majority has tied their hands by cutting its funding by $280 million.  Essentially, we are asking the FDA to do more with less, and it will not work. We should be investing in the FDA, not limiting its ability to effectively protect Americans.”

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