Durbin proposes U.S. food safety act

April 11, 2010 5:04:34 PM PDT
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin wants to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more power to keep America's food safe.The Democratic senator was joined at a near Northwest Side grocery store earlier Sunday by people who have gotten sick from eating tainted food.

Senator Durbin has proposed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to expand the FDA's ability to inspect food processing facilities. It is a response to recent outbreaks of E. Coli, salmonella, and other illnesses that were traced back to food.

"The food safety system in the U.S. is underfunded, overwhelmed, and in desperate need of new powers to keep us safe as Americans," Durbin said.

Senator Durbin's bill, which he says has bipartisan support, will be debated by the full U.S. Senate as early as next week.