Claiming progress on food safety, President Obama says there is more to be done. In a statement released by the White House, Obama discussed Senate bill S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. According to the President this bipartisan bill would complement the work already undertaken by the Food Safety Working Group chaired by Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
"The bill addresses longstanding challenges in the food safety and defense system by promoting a prevention-oriented approach to the safety of our food supply and provides the Federal Government with the appropriate tools to accomplish its core food safety goals," President Obama said.
The President added that the Administration has taken steps to reduce the prevalence of E. coli, implemented new standards to reduce exposure to Campylobacter, and issued a rule to control Salmonella contamination. Among other accomplishments, the FDA has conducted a pilot study on a tracing system, and HHS, in collaboration with USDA, has rolled out an enhanced and updated www.foodsafety.gov site to provide consumers rapid access to information on food recalls.