Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) issued the following statement today regarding Cargill's recall of fresh ground beef after a foodborne illness outbreak associated with salmonella sickened over 30 people.
"The weaknesses in our food safety system have once again become abundantly clear. These illnesses were in the first two weeks of June and yet this product is just now being recalled. Our food safety system has to get the resources it needs to keep Americans from being sickened by bacteria like salmonella in the first place. And it is equally critical that our public health agencies have the funding they need to quickly respond to outbreaks. Funding for the CDC--which is responsible for monitoring public health, including foodborne illness outbreaks--is simply inadequate and the CDC budget proposed by my Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives does nothing to change that. In fact, it even cuts the total CDC resources by an additional 11 percent.
"While I am glad more people have not become sick, this is a clear indication of why we need to provide federal and state public health agencies, including the CDC, with the resources they need to prevent and quickly investigate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses."