Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: January 4, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

FDA proposes sweeping new food safety rules



WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.
The regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness. Just since last summer, outbreaks of listeria in cheese and salmonella in peanut butter, mangoes and cantaloupe have been linked to more than 400 illnesses and as many as seven deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The actual number of those sickened is likely much higher.
The FDA’s proposed rules would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include making sure workers’ hands are washed, irrigation water is clean, and that animals stay out of fields. Food manufacturers will have to submit food safety plans to the government to show they are keeping their operations clean.
Many responsible food companies and farmers are already following the steps that the FDA would now require them to take. But officials say the requirements could have saved lives and prevented illnesses in several of the large-scale outbreaks that have hit the country in recent years.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Tomorrow's Headlines
arrow Film crew to shoot at Butler Memorial
arrow 2nd fire destroys home
arrow Fate dependson polygraph
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Ex-owner of Jaffe's store dies in Florida
arrow 1-car accident sends driver to hospital
arrow Assistant county DA seeks DJ post
arrow Truck, car crash ties up traffic on I-79