R-CALF USA says the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2749), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, fails to address the three fundamental failures of the nation's current food safety system that are causing a marked increase in food-born illnesses. R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry says any attempt to remedy food safety problems by building upon the three failed components will have the opposite effect that the House intended.
In a letter to all 99 U.S. Senators, R-CALF USA emphasized that the United States' food safety problems will persist unless Congress addresses their root causes, which are unique to the United States.
"The U.S. has lowered its import standards to facilitate higher-risk food imports; it has abrogated its duty to inspect and enforce food safety standards both here and abroad; and, it has embraced policies that have driven independent farmers and ranchers out of business, replacing them with corporate-owned, industrialized food production units that have a propensity to cut food safety corners to maximize corporate profits," Thornsberry said.