A new food safety bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday is going to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration higher authority to stop contaminated food from getting onto our plates.
An estimated 76 million Americans get food poisoning every year, resulting in more than 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food poisoning mainly affects seniors, small children and anyone with a weak immune system.
The last time the FDA’s food regulations were updated was in 1938—before penicillin use was widespread. The passage of this bill will benefit everyone and hopefully the number of hospitalizations and deaths as a result of food borne illnesses will go down drastically.