Our Kids Deserve Safe Food|
Statement of Caroline Smith DeWaal, Director of Food Safety
Children are among the most vulnerable consumers. It is vital that strong food-safety standards, including testing for Salmonella, are maintained for the school lunch program. Parents simply will not stand for reversing the food-safety progress made over the last few years.
Secretary Veneman did the right thing today by swiftly disavowing the policy change made by the Agricultural Marketing Service, made in response to meat-industry pressure. Back-room deals that put industry interests ahead of those of consumers will never withstand the bright light of public scrutiny, and will only serve to reduce public confidence in the safety of the food supply.