06 Jul '11, 12pm

GOP votes against food safety—again

GOP votes against food safety—again

The House Republicans' war on food safety continues. As reported in the Chicago Tribune , the House recently voted to kill the USDA's Microbiological Data Program (MDP), a 10-year-old program that tests produce for a wide variety of pathogens, including the strain of E. coli that caused the deadly outbreak in Germany. Every year, the MDP screens around 15,000 samples of produce the agency considers particularly vulnerable to contamination, such as sprouts, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and cilantro, for pathogens, including salmonella and multiple strains of E. coli . If anything is found, the information is passed on to the FDA, which can then institute a recall. Significantly, the MDP represents a much broader testing regime than the FDA's own, which only manages to screen 1,000 samples a year. Despite the fact that positive tests out of the MDP have led to 19 ...

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