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Landmark Report Reveals That Foodborne Illness Costs U.S. $152 Billion Annually

Friday, February 26, 2010 General News J E 4
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Food Safety Experts, Key Congressional Lawmaker Come Together to Discuss Report Results and Call for Reform

WHAT:  On Tuesday, March 2, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration economist, Robert L. Scharff, will come together with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and food-safety experts to discuss the Produce Safety Project's new report, Health-Related Costs from Foodborne Illness in the United States and the need for reform of the nation's food-safety oversight system.

The release of the report comes as the U.S. Senate may soon vote on comprehensive food-safety legislation.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed its food-safety bill (H.R. 2749) last July, and late in 2009, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions unanimously approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510).

WHO:

Erik Olson (moderator), Director, Food and Consumer Product Safety, the Pew Health Group

Robert L. Scharff, Assistant Professor, Department of Consumer Sciences, The Ohio State University

Jim O'Hara, Director, Produce Safety Project

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

11:00 AM EST

RSVP: Contact Paula Chrin at 202-478-6138 or pchrin@mrss.com for call-in information

WHY:  Every year, 76 million Americans are sickened from consuming contaminated food -- and 5,000 of these people die. That's more than the number of individuals who lose their lives as a result of fire or unintentional drowning in the U.S. each year. Continued outbreaks of foodborne illness over the last several years -- from spinach to peppers to peanut products -- have demonstrated that these outbreaks are not random, unpreventable occurrences, but are due to widespread problems with our food-safety system. Our current food-safety system is broken and has been in need of reform for decades. This year, Congress has the opportunity to change course and help protect children, families, senior citizens and all others from foodborne illness.

Groups involved in the Make Our Food Safe Campaign include: American Public Health Association, Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of American, Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Safe Tables Our Priority, and Trust for America's Health.

CONTACT:  Ben Grossman-Cohen, +1-202-478-6185, bgrossman-cohen@mrss.com, or Paula Chrin Dibley, +1-202-478-6138, pchrin@mrss.com, both for the Make Our Food Safe Campaign

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 25/

SOURCE Make Our Food Safe Campaign

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