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October 2, 2007

Consumer Federation: strengthen federal meat inspection

In the wake of the Topps meat recall, the Consumer Federation of America is urging stronger federal oversight of food safety.  A provision of the Farm bill under now Senate consideration would allow state inspection rather than federal if companies so choose, and this would complicate recalls.

The state inspected companies could ship their products in interstate commerce and sell them abroad. Since a state’s authority is limited to its own borders, an effective national recall of the type now underway would be impossible. During the House consideration of the state inspection legislation, the USDA urged the Agriculture Committee to consider the problems states would have in tracing and recovering adulterated product but the House bowed to lobbying efforts by state departments of agriculture who seek to expand their powers.

Related story, Chicago Tribune

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