The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the public in the winter of 2019 not to eat romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, because of yet another E. coli outbreak -- the fifth in two years. But, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still lacks the authority it needs to keep us safe.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) recently introduced the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act of 2019. The legislation would give the FDA the authority to follow the clues wherever they lead in foodborne illness outbreak investigations, including to factory farms. Ask your U.S. senators and representative to co-sponsor.