Tuesday, February 26, 2008

AMI Opposes New FOOD SAFETY Initiatives

bad ground beef e coli recall food safetyWe were a little surprised this week to read an email from the American Meat Institute (AMI) opposing new food safety initiatives in the President's budget:


Take Action: Urge your Representatives and Senators to Oppose User Fees!

Congress is now considering the Administration's proposed FY2009 budget which includes new user fees for meat, poultry and egg product inspection programs. These "user fees" will cost consumers, livestock and poultry producers and the meat, poultry and egg processing industries an additional $96 million.
American consumers expect safe food. So for Big Meat to argue about new programs based solely on user fees seems to be a very weak argument. The merits of the proposals should be more carefully reviewed to ensure food is both safe and affordable. Food that is unsafe at any speed will cost all consumers and all of agriculture even more.

Consumers who want to stay informed on food recalls can visit the USDA website to see the latest recall information, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/index.asp

The USDA offers a number of educational programs and websites to assist consumers in safe preparation of foods. Visit an overview HERE.

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