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Heartburn medicines (Nexium to Prilosec and back) and serious diarrhea

fish meal  Millions of Americans take heartburn medicines that belong to the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) family. Four (4) of these are available without a prescription.

Bad food ? FSMA may not be the cure

food on a plate  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) may be a great step by the Obama administration toward a safer food supply, but it has some tragic flaws.  From farm to family, the present process has allowed one in six family members to suffer a food-born illness and the numbers are probably under reported.

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food on a plate  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) may be a great step by the Obama administration toward a safer food supply, but it has some tragic flaws.  From farm to family, the present process has allowed one in six family members to suffer a food-born illness and the numbers are probably under reported.

Many of us are aware that the FDA is charged with regulating almost all food products—yet we do NOT have a truly integrated food safety system. FSMA appears to be a good idea--yet the legislation passed lacks sufficient funding to undertake the very safety measures it seeks to enact.

FSMA creates four key impact areas which cover:

1)      Food facilities requiring written PREVENTIVE controls that outline possible food problems and steps that the facility would take to make it less likely that those problems would ever happen. 

2)      SCIENCE-BASED standards for safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. These include man-made safety risks as well as those that come from animals, soil and water in the area where the food is grown.

3)      Increased numbers and frequency of inspections. Facilities deemed high-risk will have initial inspection within 5 years and no less than every three years after that initial inspection. Is this enough? Some experts will no doubt feel that the intervals are too wide.

4)      Empowerment of the FDA to mandate recall of unsafe food if a company fails to do it on its own. This also gives a more flexible standard for keeping suspected food from being moved and lets the FDA suspend facility registration if unsafe food is even suspected.  This section also directs the FDA to improve the ability to track both foreign and domestic foods.

Comment from the FDA (Dr. Hamburg) noted that this new law which will probably be signed by President Obama is a crucial step in strengthening US food safety, it appears that the legislation didn’t give enough fee resources to cover the cost of the new requirements. This is definitely a huge mistake.

The FDA needs the help of the US public to contact their congressman and senator to advocate for adequate FDA funding to actually undertake these sorely needed new safety standards and keep food-born illness from impacting the health and safety of our families. Contact your legislature today and help FSMA actually get the funding to undertake this crucial task.

beautiful black haired woman Current funding for this key safety and illness legislation was somehow left out of the bill which will be in front of President Obama.

Call, email or write your congressman to get the FDA the funding it needs to actually carry out the key benefits of the FSMA. More information can be found at www.FDA.gov

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