Delays In New Food Safety Regulations

Delays In New Food Safety Regulations

More than two dozen people have died after eating contaminated cantaloupes. Food safety advocates say outbreaks like these could have been prevented under a new law. Diane and guests explore what’s holding up food safety rules.

Over the past year, more than two dozen people in the U.S. have died and hundreds have fallen ill after eating contaminated cantaloupes. Early in 2011, President Barack Obama signed a food safety bill aimed at preventing these kinds of deaths and illnesses. The legislation is considered the biggest overhaul to food safety in decades, yet many months later, the rules are still being hammered out and the law has not taken effect. The delay has both consumer advocates and industry groups concerned and pushing for faster implementation. Diane and her guests discuss the holdup over new food safety rules.


Erik Olson

director of food programs at Pew Health Group.

Richard Williams

director of policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously, he worked for 27 years at the Food and Drug Administration.

Bill Marler

lawyer at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm.

Bill Tomson

reporter for Dow Jones Newswire.

Ray Gilmer

senior vice president of communications for United Fresh Produce Association.

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