Call to Action: Support The Consumer Recall Notification Act
We’ve become aware of The Consumer Recall Notification Act, introduced by NY Senator (and mom of young boys) Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s hoping to include it as a part of the comprehensive Food Safety Modernization Act, which the Senate will take up next month.
Apparently our food safety laws have not been revamped in more than a century and each year approximately 87 million Americans are made sick by contaminated food. Tsk tsk. Not acceptable whatsoever.
One aspect of the Consumer Recall Notification Act will specifically look to make sure that food recalls are known by the very same people who bought the food. Duh. Honestly, our technology and inventory tracking systems at supermarkets, warehouses and restaurants allow for this now. It’s only commonsense that these types of measures be taken. Putting them into law puts us one step closer to intent actually translating into action. So, here’s what the act proposes to do:
Stores that track purchases through customer loyalty cards or membership programs would be required to notify consumers when they have purchased a recalled product;
Distribute Information to Restaurants and Food Retailers
Facilities that have distributed foods subject to a Class I recall would be required to notify stores and restaurants within 24 hours of the public announcement of the recall. The FDA would also be required publish a list online of all stores and restaurants that received contaminated products, which in turn must then post notices where the contaminated product was sold so that consumers can be alerted that they may have purchased a recalled product.
Distribute Information to Health Workers
When there is a Class I recall, the FDA would be required to distribute advisories to States, local health departments and frontline health professionals, which include a list of symptoms to look out for and test for in order to diagnose food-borne illness.
Now it’s your turn. Click through to this site, find your Senators and fill out a simple web form telling her/him how much you care about this issue. These emails CAN make a difference. Having worked in a US Congressman’s local office while in college, I remember how phone calls and letters from constituents were taken very seriously. Just do it!