Hearing to Review Current Food Safety Systems, Hearing Before the Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 2, 2009 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Collin C. Peterson: "While it is true that our current food safety system, and those entrusted to produce wholesome and safe food products, do a good job most of the time, it is clear that there are gaping holes in some points of the process. Modernization and reform are needed. During the farm bill I worked hard to ensure an open and transparent process that allowed for many different points of view, and I will use a similar process with food safety. Today's hearing, the first in a series of hearings that we will hold on this topic in this Congress, is just the opening round. The next hearing will be a joint event in April with the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry and the Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Now, future hearings are being planned, and throughout this process, I expect this Committee to do its homework, to listen to all stakeholders, to understand the issues and consider possible improvements. We will use the knowledge and insight gained through these hearings to consider all of the alternatives that could be included in a food safety modernization bill developed by the House Committee on Agriculture." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank D. Lucas, Collin C. Peterson, Chandler Keys III, David D. Dever, Anthony J. DiMare, Elsa A. Murano, Michael R. Taylor, Carol L. Tucker-Foreman, John H. Hanlin, and Michael S. Erlandson.
Serial No. 111-8
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