Kirsten Gillibrand calls for FDA to enforce recall law


Kirsten Gillibrand calls for FDA to enforce recall law

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called for the Food and Drug Administration to enforce an eight-year-old law to address food recalls on Tuesday.“When New Yorkers buy groceries, we shouldn’t have to worry that the food will make us sick,” Sen. Gillibrand said during a telephone media call.The law, passed in 2010, required recalls to be posted in a prominent place in grocery stores and for stores with rewards cards to notify shoppers who had purchased recalled food. “When you use one of those cards they know what you bought,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “It’s one of the best and safest ways to do recalls.”Sen. Gillibrand said four New York grocery chains — Price Chopper, ShopRite, Costco and Wegmans — voluntarily followed the rules, but other chains did not.“The FDA has done nothing to implement this law,” she said. Sen. Gillibrand said about 3 million New Yorkers get sick from food-borne illness each year. She said the last three federal recalls have been on things like goldfish crackers, cereal and cream cheese — all things which people might keep on hand for an extended period of time without knowing they were contaminated. “You might have something stored in your freezer or pantry for weeks or even months,” Sen. Gillibrand said.
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Kirsten Gillibrand calls for FDA to enforce recall law

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