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Just got this in my email this morning.   Human and Pet Food Safety Act 2007

Hi Shari,

- Hundreds of dogs and cats have been made sick by tainted pet food, and recent nationwide recalls of pet foods have left millions of pet owners deeply concerned with the food industry's ability to ensure the safety of its products.

Visit American Humane's website and tell Congress to pass the Human and Pet Food Safety Act of 2007>>

Even before the recent pet food recall, bacterial outbreaks were discovered in several human foods, such as spinach, tacos and peanut butter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million people suffer from food poisoning each year. Without more trustworthy regulation of the nation's food supply, both humans and pets will remain vulnerable.

In response to growing concerns across the nation, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) recently introduced the Human and Pet Food Safety Act (H.R. 2108). This bill would establish critically needed mandatory federal standards to ensure the safety of the nation's food supply.

Specifically, the bill would:
* give the FDA the power to order mandatory food recalls;
* establish mandatory processing and ingredient standards;
* require more inspections of domestic and international food processing plants;
* create a warning system to identify contaminants early on;
* enable the FDA to work with veterinarians and public health officials to uniformly disseminate information about food contamination and update recall lists on the FDA website; and
* require food processing companies to maintain records and make the records immediately accessible to the FDA upon inspection.

Most importantly, the bill would also allow the FDA to fine companies that neglect to report possible contamination.
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