Durbin worried about federal food law following E. coli scare

5:19 PM, Nov 4, 2011   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The source of the E. coli outbreak in Missouri and Illinois remains a mystery.

On Friday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said a federal law that could lessen the impact of food-borne illnesses is in jeopardy.  To date, Missouri health officials say 25 people have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak.

Durbin said there's a law that add more oversight to local health departments.

Durbin toured the Southwestern Illinois community College cafeteria kitchen to hear first hand how food preparers do their jobs.

At a news conference a few moments later, Durbin said he is concerned because the federal Food Safety Modernization Act is in jeopardy because the House and Senate cannot agree on how to fund it.

The House version calls for cuts in the FDA budget; the Senate version adds to the budget.

Durbin said more money would mean additional  food inspectors and more oversight.

Illinois Republican Congressman Tim Johnson calls Durbin's allegations flat out wrong and adds the Food Safety Modernization Act would be more costly to the public.

Another Republican congressman from Illinois, Bobby Schilling said, "We can't continue spending money we don't have."

Illinois has two confirmed cases of people sickened by E. coli.

















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