Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced a bill to reorganize
federal food safety enforcement and make it more accountable.
Meanwhile, the number of recalled peanut products approached
1,100 in what independent experts say appears to be a record for
foods consumed by humans.
The 2007 recall of melamine-tainted pet food eventually grew to
The salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 550 people, eight
of whom have died. A Georgia peanut-processing plant that produces
just 1 percent of U.S. peanut products is being blamed. Authorities
say Peanut Corp. of America shipped peanut butter, paste and other
products that had tested positive for salmonella. The company
denies any wrongdoing.
House Education Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif.,
asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether
any tainted peanut products were distributed to children through
the federal school lunch program.
It remains unclear whether Congress can deliver major
improvements in food safety this year, given the press of critical
issues such as the shaky economy and a ballooning federal deficit.