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The National Consumers League has again called on the Food and Drug Administration to renew its efforts to prevent consumers from being misled by deceptive labeling of processed fruit and vegetable products – this time in the canned tomato products industry.
Following a December 24, 2009 recall of 248,000 pounds of mechanically tenderized steaks that sickened 21 consumers in 16 states, nine of whom were hospitalized, consumer groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to require labeling identifying all mechanically tenderized meat products; to include these products in its sampling program; and to inform the public and restaurants about the need for adequate cooking of these products.
As the recent outbreaks of illnesses linked to contaminated spinach, peanut butter, and cookie dough underscore, the safety of our food supply is a major issue facing policymakers and regulators in the United States. While decision-makers grapple with strategies for improving the safety of our food supply, there are a number of things Americans can do – in their homes – to decrease the chances that you and your family will get foodborne illnesses.