Product Safety Demand Grows
By SARAH THEODORE
New technologies help ensure beverage safety and efficacy
An outbreak of E.coli in fresh spinach, a fast food-related E.coli outbreak, and a botulism toxin linked to a carrot juice product, all occurring within a few months of each other last fall, have put product safety front and center in consumers’ and regulators’ minds in 2007. Late last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office placed food safety on its list of high-risk areas “warranting attention by Congress and the executive branch.” And some members of the new Congress, including Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, came back to Washington in January touting product safety reform as part of the new agenda.