FDA Bill Seeks to Safeguard Against Food Borne Illness

As consumers, we assume that the products we use are safe. This is never more applicable than in our consumption of food. According to a nj.com article, a long-awaited bill proposed by the Senate to overhaul the food safety system set forth by the Food and Drug Administration has been unanimously approved. However, it still needs to go for a floor vote, which is speculated to not take place until sometime in 2010. The bill will allow the FDA to recall tainted food rather than simply make a request to the manufacturer of the food to do so, and will also require food manufacturing plants, especially high-risk facilities, to be regularly inspected.

Currently, the FDA is responsible for safeguarding nearly 80% of the food supply in the U.S. However, safeguarding against food-borne illness does not always prevent the public from falling ill due to tainted food. Currently, it is estimated that nearly 76 million Americans are affected each year by food-borne pathogens. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5,000 people die annually due to such illness.

Food manufacturers are responsible for providing the public with food that has not been contaminated and does not pose risk of illness, disease, or even death. In the event that a food product does make an individual sick, and that individual is left with a debilitating illness that requires medical care, the effected individual has the right to seek compensatory damages. The manufacturer of a food product which causes a consumer to suffer from its consumption may be held accountable, particularly if the manufacturer’s actions are deemed negligent in some way.

The Pennsylvania food recall attorneys at Anapol Weiss are experienced in litigating personal injury and product liability cases in Pennsylvania. If you have been the victim of a food borne illness, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation of your case. Call us today at 866-735-2792 for more information.

Source Article: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/federal_bill_overhauling_food.html

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