Congresswoman DeGette Talks Food Safety at JWU

“Be an advocate for our food supply,” urged Congresswoman DeGette. DENVER, COLO. - November 28, 2011 - How safe is our food? Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette recently spoke to 300 JWU students, faculty and alumni about the critical importance of protecting our food supply — and why it should matter to students.

Becoming Food Safety Advocates
As House chief deputy whip, DeGette supports stronger FDA protections for our nation’s food supply. “The US has neglected food safety for too long. This needs to change.”

DeGette reminded students that they, too, have a role to play, both as food service professionals who need to ensure a safer food supply, and as future business leaders who can advocate for greater accountability on the supply side.

Safer Food, from Farm to Fork
DeGette talked about two key pieces of food safety legislation currently before the House:

  • The SAFER (Safe and Fair Enforcement & Recall) Food Act would give the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to recall contaminated foods. (Under current law, recalls are completely voluntary.)
  • The TRACE (Tracing and Recalling Agricultural Contamination) Act would establish a product tracing system to enable faster recall in the event of contamination.

“The recent listeria outbreak makes clear the necessity of being able to follow food from farm to fork,” she concluded.

Learn more about JWU’s commitment to food safety.

About JWU's Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) Program
DeGette is the Denver Campus’ latest Presidential DVP. JWU's DVP program brings JWU students face-to-face with company founders, business leaders and start-up entrepreneurs as they talk trends, offer tips for success, and demonstrate the techniques, creativity, and personal philosophies that set them apart from their peers.