People across the country strongly support increased oversight to ensure our food is safe to eat. Recent polls conducted for the Pew Health Group show U.S. voters overwhelmingly support new food safety measures. Multiple high-profile outbreaks in recent years linked to peanut butter products, peppers, spinach and other foods have resulted in illnesses and deaths. Alarmingly, children are the most susceptible to foodborne illnesses and their long-lasting--and too often deadly--consequences. Approximately half of all reported foodborne illnesses occur in children, with the majority of these cases occurring in those under 15 years of age.
This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a sweeping food safety bill, which includes increased inspections of domestic food facilities and greater oversight of imports. It’s time for the Senate to act now to make our food safe.
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