And Now Cookie Dough?

Statement of CSPI Food Safety Attorney Sarah Klein

June 19, 2009

If there was anyone left in America who didnít realize we need to reform the food safety functions at the Food and Drug Administration, this latest recall of Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough provides a sobering wakeup call. For too long the agency has lacked the authority and the resources it needs to inspect food processing facilities, issue mandatory recalls, and punish violators. Once again the agency is forced to react after illnesses are already occurring, when the focus should be on preventing contamination in the first place. We urge the House to pass the Food Safety Enhancement Act now.

Everyone should take care to follow the FDA's guidance and dispose of any of the various prepackaged, refrigerated cookie dough products produced by Nestle until further notice.


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