Harkin Floor Remarks On Food Safety

November 18, 2010


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), today delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. 

“To say that food safety in this country is a patchwork system is giving it too much credit,” Harkin said.  “Food safety has too often become a hit-or-miss gamble, with parents obliged to roll the dice when it comes to the safety of their kids’ food.  That is both frightening and unacceptable.”

Harkin is a lead sponsor of the legislation, which would overhaul our food safety system and better protect Americans against food-borne illness.  The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed the HELP Committee without a single dissenting vote on November 18, 2009.  Since then, Chairman Harkin has been working closely with Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to establish a broad coalition of bipartisan support for the legislation.

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