Food-borne illness, that is. What DID we do before the giant monolithic federal government told us to wash our hands and our food before eating it?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new food safety rules that should significantly reduce the number or foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States.
Produce farmers will have to ensure the water and soil they use are clean, and that measures are taken to prevent animals from entering the fields. Basic hygiene practices — like hand-washing — will be taught to workers.
Foodborne illnesses tied to listeria, e-coli, and salmonella cause an estimated 3,000 deaths each year.
Trucking companies are not going to be exempt from regulations either, as well as packing plants; they are subject to inspection and having a “safety protocol” in place. I believe they are ALREADY inspected by OSHA, USDA,and DEP but let’s inspect them again, shall we?
The FDA is also setting requirements for the safe transport of food, and to set standards for trying to prevent intentional contamination of food apply to domestic and international
preventive controls — food facilities to have a written plan to identify hazards, put steps in place, verify they are working and outline any problems that may arise.
Reasons stated are the outbreak of tainted peanut butter this year, which was proven to be from unsanitary machinery in the making of peanut butter – NOT THE FARMER OR THE HAULER; the salmonella outbreak that was caused by cantaloupes.
Regulations = more cost. Bend over, again.
You can give feedback to the FDA regarding this here