U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s long-running dispute with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over food safety is about to heat up once more.
DeLauro, D-3, will unveil new legislation on Wednesday to make sure the USDA knows it has the power to take action against bad food producers.
According to the Connecticut Democrat, the idea for new congressional action came out of the past year’s outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella involving chicken from Foster Farms processing plants. As of May, 574 cases of food poisoning in 27 states had been traced back to Foster Farms products.
DeLauro said she was told by officials of the USDA’s food safety and inspection service that they didn’t have authority to issue a recall of all the potentially unsafe food products involved in that case.
Her news conference with fellow Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat, and food safety advocates will take place in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon.