Sunday, March 15, 2009

Safe Food...

Obama warns of US food 'hazard'

President Barack Obama has said the US food safety system is a "public health hazard" and in need of an overhaul.

He sounded the warning during his weekly radio and video address, as he appointed a new head of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

New York Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has been named for the post.

The appointment of 53-year-old Dr Hamburg, a bioterrorism expert who was an assistant health secretary under President Bill Clinton, must be approved by the Senate.

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Hazards in food cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year, most of which are never reported to public health officials. These illnesses cost American taxpayers approximately $6.9 billion annually in medical costs, hospitalizations, and lost work time according to the Economic Research Service (USDA). Despite advances in food production and processing, foodborne illnesses from hazards such as Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and Listeria, continue to be a significant public health problem. At greatest risk are older Americans, children, pregnant women and their unborn children, and those with compromised immune systems. Bioterrorism also poses a threat to the nation’s food supply.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama is the JOKE we have been waiting for!

1. "Guantanamo is still open, but there are no longer "enemy combatants" there (Perhaps the name of the camp can be changed next?).
2. The old campaign snicker that a naïve McCain really believed that a then-stronger economy is "fundamentally sound" is now the new Obama gospel about a far weaker one.
3. There are to be no more earmarks in spite of 8,000-plus new ones.
4. A $3.6 trillion-dollar budget is proof of commitment to financial responsibility;
5. the remedy of Bush’s borrowing profligacy is to increase the deficit from $500 billion to $1.7 trillion.
6. Bush’s signing statements bad; Obama’s signing statements good.
7. An end to lobbyists in an administration ensure there are over ten;
8. the highest ethical standards mean the nominations of Daschle, Richardson, etc. The changing meaning of words really does trump memory and reality itself."

~ Victor David Hanson