Bush Asks 275 Million To Improve Food, Medical Product Safety

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Recent outbreaks of Salmonella infection due to tomatoes have moved the politicians and the FDA to act and today president George Bush asked the Congress to provide more funds to improve food and medical product safety.

The Salmonella disease has been a very serious threat during the last week as grocery stores have pulled tomatoes from shelves and others have discontinued to sell tomatoes in certain states due to high salmonella risk.

The Salmonella would not be such a serious threat upon us if we all followed stricter food safety and production rules. "A salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes serves as a reminder to take extra care with summer fruits and vegetables. Salmonella can be transmitted to humans when fecal material from animals or humans contaminates food," writes Hartfod Currant.

Bellow is Bushes text of letter to the Speaker of the Congress, provided by the White House asking more funds to improve food safety among other things.


Dear Madam Speaker:

I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed amendments to my FY 2009 Budget for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, and the Treasury. Overall, the discretionary budget authority proposed in my FY 2009 Budget would not be increased by these requests.

I am requesting an additional $546 million for the Department of Commerce to cover increased costs to conduct the 2010 Decennial Census. I am also requesting $275 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to improve food and medical product safety and $1 million for the Department of Homeland Security to continue operations of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding through February 28, 2009. These amounts are fully offset by reductions to other accounts.

The details of these amendments are set forth in the enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sincerely, GEORGE W. BUSH

The recent news on tomatoes and Salmonella is that now Michigan is added to the states where tomato related Salmonella has caused infections. According to Wood TV "Federal officials are hunting for the source of a salmonella outbreak reported in Michigan and 16 other states and linked to three types of raw tomatoes. More supermarkets and restaurants are yanking those varieties from shelves and menus."