Good News from the Center for Food Safety

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We just won a major battle in our work to protect food safety!  Thanks to our lawsuit and support from the food movement, a federal court has finally ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adhere to strict deadlines for implementing new food safety guidelines.

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Food safety is life and death. Every year, 1 in 6 Americans is sickened with food poisoning: 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.  Children and the elderly are in the greatest danger. Many people suffer serious long-term impacts from food poisoning such as kidney failure, chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage.

On January 4, 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to help end this ongoing epidemic of food contamination in our country.  Once put into effect, FSMA will dramatically improve how our government regulates food imported from overseas, as well as domestic food production facilities.  But since its passage, FDA – under pressure from big agricultural companies – has failed to meet the mandatory deadlines Congress required to implement this important law.

We went to court and we sued.

On April 22, 2013, we won a comprehensive victory when a Federal Court ruled that FDA had violated the law by missing FSMA’s deadlines and ordered FDA to propose new deadlines for completion.  Sadly, even under court order, FDA refused to develop a closed-ended timeline, instead arguing it should be allowed to continue with delays at its own discretion.  As a result, CFS and FDA submitted separate timeline proposals to the Court.

We returned to the Court and CFS is proud to announce that last Friday, the Court once again agreed that our position was correct: a deadline is a deadline.

In siding with CFS, the Court issued an injunction ordering that all FSMA regulations must be final by June 30, 2015, and that all draft regulations must be released to the public by November 30, 2013 for public comment.

Together, we are saving lives.  FSMA’s implementation will help protect you, your family, and your communities against foodborne illnesses and will spare thousands from these preventable sicknesses and deaths.  Thank you for your part in this success!

Sincerely,

Andrew Kimbrell
Executive Director, Center for Food Safety

P.S. While Center for Food Safety works to protect the quality of our food supply, we also support farmers. We were initially concerned about FSMA based on potential hardships to small farmers, but a CFS-supported amendment exempted small producers from the Act.  With this protection for small-scale farmers in place, CFS used its litigation arm to hold FDA accountable for implementing FSMA.


CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Center for Food Safety is only able to fight on your behalf with your support.  Please make a donation today to support our work to hold FDA accountable and protect the safety of our food.


Center for Food Safety
660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, #302
Washington DC 20003
phone (202) 547-9359 | fax (202) 547-9429
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office@centerforfoodsafety.org

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