ROSKAM CONTINUES PUSH TO REFORM FOOD IMPORT REGULATIONS
Private Labs Refusing to Submit Food Safety Data to Congress, Reinforces Need to Close Dangerous FDA Loophole
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) this week sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach expressing his concern regarding the security of our food imports, and the unwillingness of private food safety testing laboratories to supply Congress with records needed to continue the work of enhancing the safety of the American food supply.
Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Government Reform requested food safety testing data from ten private labs. Only one lab complied voluntarily, requiring the Subcommittee to issue subpoenas for nine remaining private food safety testing laboratories' testing records. Currently, private labs are not obligated to submit all test results.
Reports show that upwards of 10% of attempted food imports privately tested are found to be contaminated without the FDA's knowledge, leaving open the possibility a nefarious importer could "shop around" for a lab willing to give it favorable results to gain entry into the U.S.
This spring, Roskam authored the Keeping America's Food Safe Act (HR 5827) which - in part - would require all private food safety labs to report data on all attempted import shipments.