Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement on the U.S. Agriculture Department’s news they have recalled 50,100 pounds of ground beef. The beef is potentially contaminated with the dangerous pathogen E. coli O157:H7.
“The ground beef potentially contaminated with the dangerous strand of E. coli was only identified because of normal inspection practices by the Food Safety and Inspection Service,” DeLauro said in a press release. “The corresponding recall announced late last night reinforces the need for a strong federal food safety system with adequate resources. Without strong oversight, that product could have continued to pose a threat to consumers in the marketplace. We already see far too many recalls. We have to stop cutting corners and adequately fund our food safety inspectors and programs. I will continue to advocate for establishing a single food safety agency later this year so that our food safety system receives the singular focus the American people deserve.”