Food Safety

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Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

This letter is in response to Steve Chapman's column "Food poisoning for profit" (Commentary, Sunday).

I recently had the opportunity to inform a meeting of the American Trucking Association's Security Council in Orlando, Fla., that growing concern about food safety and security will speed up demands by members of Congress for fail-safe inspections to detect and prevent contamination in the nation's food supply.

Serious concerns about food safety and security from "farm to fork" are expected to result in new laws and regulations that will affect how commercial agricultural and food transporters move, process and distribute all food products throughout the United States.

The transportation of agricultural and food products in the face of a continuing threat of contamination of America's food supply is a challenge that will confront both business and government for a very long time. Recent recalls of contaminated pet food, outbreaks from E. coli because of contaminated spinach in California and peanut butter recalls have brought this issue to the forefront. Yet it is good to remember that the United States has the safest food-supply chain in the world.

The need to guarantee safe food in an interdependent global trading environment will speed up action by members of Congress to examine additional ways to prevent contamination of the nation's food supply. …