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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-08 09:34 AM
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Press Release: Hillary on Beef Recall (2/17)
Press Release: Hillary on Beef Recall (2/17)

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=604...


2/17/2008
Statement from Hillary Clinton

"The news today of the largest beef recall in our nations history is yet another troubling reminder that we have done too little to protect our food supply. This incident also reveals a danger to our children, since the Hallmark company is the second largest supplier to the U.S. School Lunch program. I believe that American families should not have to worry about the safety of the food on their dinner tables or in their children's school lunches. That is why I have long been calling for common-sense - and long-overdue - food safety reforms, building on my work in the Senate. As President, I will fully fund our food safety system so that our inspectors have the resources and manpower they need to do their jobs. I will create a single food safety agency to replace the patchwork of regulation we have now. I will implement an effective recall system so that potentially tainted food immediately comes off grocery store shelves and families receive instant notification. I will strictly enforce safety rules and impose stiff criminal and civil penalties on violators. And I will crack down on the slaughter of sick or injured cows, a practice which poses health risks to families and children. Now more than ever, America needs a President who will deliver concrete reforms that fill the gaps in our food safety system."
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 08:22 AM
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1. And the Obama statement...
"Although the Department of Agriculture has now recalled the tainted beef, an estimated 37 million pounds has gone to school lunch programs, and unfortunately, officials believe that most of the meat has already been consumed by schoolchildren. This incident demonstrates yet again the inadequacy of the food recall process. Far too often, tainted food is not recalled until too late.

"When I am President, it will not be business as usual when it comes to food safety. I will provide additional resources to hire more federal food inspectors. I will also call on the Department of Agriculture to examine whether federal food safety laws need to be strengthened, in particular to provide greater protections against tainted food being used in the National School Lunch Program.

"As the parent of two young daughters, there are few issues more important to me than ensuring the safety of the food that our children consume. I commend the Humane Society of the United States for bringing this important issue to the public attention and believe that the mistreatment of downed cows is unacceptable and poses a serious threat to public health."

Missing from Obama's statement: fully fund our food safety system; create a single food safety agency to replace the patchwork of regulation we have now; implement an effective recall system so that potentially tainted food immediately comes off grocery store shelves and families receive instant notification; strictly enforce safety rules and impose stiff criminal and civil penalties on violators.

Instead, Obama will "call on the Department of Agriculture to examine whether federal food safety laws need to be strengthened."

Gee, he'll ask them if they think they should make any changes?

Obama "hopes" things will get better, and Clinton will bust the bastards.



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