Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, it probably isn't the most exciting television but it could be extremely important. Today at 10am, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has a hearing scheduled to discuss the "Salmonella Outbreak: The Continued Failure to Protect the Food Supply." C-Span will have coverage. Christy at Firedoglake has a post about witnesses who are scheduled to appear.
Meanwhile, the New York Times has a debate concerning whether the United States needs a "Department of Food" (combining the food-safety aspects of the Agriculture Department, the FDA and other agencies) to protect consumers from tainted food. Here is a list of the individuals providing their ideas on this topic: David A. Kessler, former F.D.A. commissioner; James E. McWilliams, history professor; Jaydee Hanson, food policy analyst; Ann Cooper, chef; Bill Marler, lawyer specializing in contaminated food cases; Caroline Smith DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Interest.