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Food Safety Focus Begins for House Ag Committee

There are some gaps in food safety system.

The House Ag Committee met Thursday to review Federal food safety systems. Three former Federal food safety officials and several food companies that deal with Federal food safety agencies were among those testifying before committee members.

"While it's true that our current food safety system and those entrusted to produce wholesome and safe products do a good job most of the time," said Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., "It's clear that there are gaps in the system, and some modernization and improvements are needed".

It was the first of several hearings the Ag Committee intends to hold this year on food safety issues. Food safety is a top priority in the Committee's oversight plan for the 111th Congress.

"As we examine food safety issues we should judge each proposal as to whether it contributes to or reduces the ability of our farmers and ranchers to provide our consumers with the safest, most affordable, most abundant food supply in the history of the world," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas, R-Okla.

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