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Sen. Gillibrand calls for overhaul of food safety laws

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand Photo Credit: NEWSDAY / John Paraskevas

Fresh vegetables. Glazed ham. Preserved olives.

Chicken frankfurters.

According to data compiled by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s staff, those are just a few examples of over 900 food products that have been recalled from New York City shelves since 2005 for various violations.

The senator held a news conference on Sunday to call attention to the need for overhauling the nation’s food safety laws.

Gillibrand is the first New York senator in 40 years to sit on a congressional committee responsible for developing policies for food production and oversight.

She says she plans to introduce a bill that would mandate E.
coli inspections of all ground beef.

Currently, meat grinders aren’t required to test their ingredients for the virus.

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