Q: What do you call a bill that’s been languishing in the Senate so long it might just die there?
A: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Not exactly the kind of punchline that gets a belly laugh around here, but we appreciate the sentiment in this ‘joke’ that headlinesthis recent NPR spot.
But food safety advocates are now going public with a message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that it’s high time to stop stalling and bring the bill to a vote via a targeted ad campaign (PDF) launched this week in Reid’s home state of Nevada. The ad features Rylee Gustafson, a young girl who almost died after eating bagged spinach that was contaminated with E. coli.
In addition, the Make Our Food Safe coalition released poll results this week noting that 82% of Nevadans – independent of political affiliation – support the passage of stronger food safety regulations.
Advocates ran a similar ad in Kentucky (PDF) directed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, highlighting University of Kentucky student Lauren Bush who also became critically ill after eating E. coli-tainted spinach.