To the editor:
Looking at the farm bill, I am most thankful for what Congress left out: An amendment that sought to weaken the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This law is crucial to preventing foodborne illness outbreaks and not simply reacting to them.
I met with Sen. Roy Blunt in Washington, D.C., to share how this issue has directly affected my family. In 2011, my father was among the dozens of Americans who died after eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria.
The food safety failures that led to my dad’s death and many other outbreaks since are preventable. I urge the congressional delegation from Missouri to ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is given adequate resources in the next funding bill to be able to fully implement and enforce the FSMA – for the safety of my family and for all Americans.