Great news! The House of Representatives recently approved a food-safety bill that aims to improve safety standards on food production in the U.S.
Although the bill wasn’t aimed at allergies specifically, it tackles some big problems that have arisen in recent months due to contamination and lax safety procedures. The author of the bill, Representative John D. Dingell, says it “will fundamentally change the way in which we ensure the safety of our food supply.”
The most important part of this bill? It gives the FDA a lot more power to recall food if the manufacturers haven’t followed safety procedures. This should help parents of food allergic children, who have to worry about food contamination even more than the rest of the general public. The bill also aims to prevent contamination problems before food is distributed, which means people won’t have to get sick to prompt a recall and inspection.
Now more than ever it is important to bring policy matters related to food allergies to the attention of lawmakers. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act (FAAMA) has been reintroduced to Congress. To find out how you can ask your representatives and senators to help, please visit the Food Allergy Awareness Network Web site.
What other food allergy-related issues do you hope Congress addresses soon?
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