Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced legislation – the “Pathogens Reduction and Testing Reform Act” – that would strengthen the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) authority to recall meat, poultry or egg products contaminated by pathogens associated with serious illness or death or are resistant to two or more critically important antibiotics for human health.

In introducing the bill, the Congresswomen said, “The USDA has failed to recall meat contaminated with antibiotic-resistant pathogens because they do not believe they have the legal authority to do so.  This bill would ensure there is no confusion.”

Food and Water Watch and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) support the legislation. The bill was introduced in part because of the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg from chicken produced at Foster Farms.