Improving US Food Safety

Vice President Biden, Chair of the Middle Class Task Force, along with Task Force Members Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Vilsack, announce the findings of the President’s Food Safety Working Group. President Obama established the group in March to coordinate Federal efforts and develop short- and long-term agendas to make food safer.


Vice President Biden announced key actions that the Obama Administration is taking to improve the safety of the US food supply:


* Strengthening “traceback” so that contaminated food is quickly identified and removed from shelves and that people get quick information about problems;


* Instituting a new salmonella rule to prevent contamination in the egg industry;


* Issuing new FDA guidance to prevent e. coli O157:H7 contamination of leafy greens, melon, and tomatoes; and


* Implementing more thorough inspections to prevent e. coli and other pathogens at facilities that handle beef.

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