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John Basbas
Mr. Burchett
Government 3
10/21/15
Safety Inspection Act of 2015
48 million cases of salmonella and foodborne related illnesses are reported yearly. Since
the number of cases reported are so high, we need to implement a law that could solve this
problem.This law would reduce the chances of contamination, reduce the number of cases of
salmonella and foodborne related illnesses, and to ensure safety food handling procedures. If we
provide these efficient inspections to food processing plants we can ensure the safety of the
consumer.
Contamination is a big issue in the United States. Harmful chemicals and microorganisms
found in contaminated food can cause consumer illness. On October 21, 2015 Mi Pueblo a
grocery store in San Jose, California was forced to close after their food was found to be
contaminated, they reopened after passing an follow up inspection. This is not the first time this
store has closed, on September 22, 2015 they shut down for similar reasons. The official
inspection report from the Sept. 22 closure says that inspectors found five dead rodents,
numerous rodent droppings and a live rat (Kron 4). On October 20, 2015, the federal
government seized approximately 5000 cases of frozen, processed crab products produced by
Rome Packing Company Inc. of East Providence, Rhode Island. The government alleged that
Rome Packing, formerly based in East Providence,
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R.I., prepared, packed, and processed Jonah crab products in a facility contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogenic bacterium that, once it contaminates foods, can cause
serious and sometimes life-threatening illness (foodsafetynews). It was also stated that this
company was inspected six times and had problems with controlling the temperature to prevent
buildup of pathogens.With contamination being a huge violation in inspections another big
problem we have is the safety and the health of the consumer.
Each year, we have forty-eight million cases of salmonella and foodborne related
illnesses. When inspectors fail to conduct successful inspections, both the food processing
company and the inspectors put the consumers health at risk. On October 16, 2015, multiple
states, and the FDA are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella poona
infections. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations have identified cucumbers
imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as a likely
source of the infections in this outbreak. (CDC). They also continued to state that 767 people
have been infected and that of the cases reported, 4 people have died. In 2014, a U.S. District
Court jury in Albany, Ga., found Stewart Parnell, PCAs owner, and his brother guilty on almost
100 felony counts including covering up positive lab tests showing peanuts were tainted with
Salmonella and continuing to ship contaminated product to vendors. If any trial of food
executives for crimes related to the illnesses and deaths of consumers should be sentenced to
time in prison, this is the one. (qualityassurancemag) The worst part about it was that these
people covered their evidence and was shipping the products even though it was tainted with

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salmonella. With the health of the consumer and the dangers of contamination, one final
important factor of inspections is the food handling procedures.

Food handling is vital for the safety of the consumers. If it is done incorrectly, it can
cause harm to the consumers who buy the product. Inspectors observe kitchen workers food
handling practices, assure equipment is working properly (UCSF). this explains some of the
tasks at hand for the inspector when they conduct inspections. A lot of food-borne illness occurs
because of how the food is handled, (Goldberg). If I have a chance to look in the window to
the kitchen, I peek in. Is someone scratching their head while wrapping a sandwich?(Goldberg).
In an article explaining Food Inspection Forecasting, Sean Thornton stated that Having a critical
violation, which generally relates to food temperature control, can drastically increase the odds
that a restaurant may start or spread a foodborne illness. (Thornton). Simple errors like these
can result in problems not only for the company responsible for the outcome but the health of the
consumer. Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent foodborne
illness. (fsis). Basically, simple steps such as cleaning, avoiding cross-contamination, and
refrigerating appropriately can go a long way in food handling procedures.
An argument made about food inspections is that its not important compared to other
bills. They are wrong because the safety of the consumer is at risk. Another argument was that
there are bigger problems at hand currently. It can not be stressed enough that contaminated
products cause foodborne illnesses. Both arguments are centered on one thing and thats us, the
consumers. At the end of the day, its our health on the line when we consume contaminated
products. Food safety experts at Iowa State University are taking a lead role to help producers
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in Iowa and the Midwest comply with new federal regulations to guarantee the food we eat is
safe. (medicalexpress) This shows that other states are taking further action to the cause. More
than 250 different foodborne diseases have been described. Most of these diseases are infections,
caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can be foodborne. (CDC) This clearly

explains why so many people are affected by these infections and illnesses yearly. From the
evidence and statistics, it shows that foodborne illnesses is still a major problem in the U.S.
today, and that it is important we take all the necessary steps to solve this issue.
We need to have more frequent and efficient food inspections, it is necessary to ensure
safety for the consumer. 48 million people are infected yearly, thats 1 in 6 Americans, we need
to change. My call to action is to pass The Safety Inspection Act of 2015 as soon as possible, so
we can begin to make these changes now.

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Works Cited
Web
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2009.

Nestle, Marion. The FDAs Inspection Problem; One Reason Our Food Supply Isnt Safe.
theatlantic.com. Health, 22 December 2011.
Siegner, Cathy. FDA Inspectors Report Long List of Problems at Blue Bell Plants.
foodsafetynews.com. Food recalls, 7 May 2015.
Thornton, Sean. Delivering Faster Results with Food Inspection Forecasting.
datasmart.ash.harvard.edu. Public Health, 19 May 2015.
Velasco, Schuyler. Government Shutdown halts FDA food inspections. Should you worry?
csmonitor.com. Business, 13 October 2013.

Book
Hynes, Martin D. Preparing for FDA Pre-approval Inspections. New York: Marcel Dekker,
1999. Print.