This article is endorsed by The Writings of African-Americans, Best Blogs 2010 by Blogged in Crisis Reporting by Tres Mali Scott, M.Ed., M.S., Ph.D. (ABD).
70 years since the last overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A transformation from primarily responding to crises and reacting to outbreaks and recalls to a prevention watchdog. This is an effort to increase protection against contaminated food, including food that comes from abroad and other countries. Crisis reporting agencies have been reporting raw sewage being dumped next to growing vegetables and water contaminated with human waste. Some of this water may also be used in food packaging and production.
The Los Angeles Times Wednesday, December 1, 2010 article Senate OKs bill on food safety, states that this bipartisan effort gives the government new tools for protecting consumers against tainted fruits, vegetables, eggs and other foods.
This Senate response is timely considering the recent reports on foreign food production sanitation issues.
Update: Los Angeles Times Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Business Section B5
The Associated Press reports that The Food and Drug Administration cracked down on the largest organic peanut processor located in New Mexcio by the 2011 food safety law for salmonella poisoning. Now, “reasonable probability” of causing serious health problems or death can cause the suspention of a company’s registration. Before, the FDA would have to take them to court to stop the public health hazard.