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28 January 2001 Issue
President Bush Working to Reverse Food Safety Rules

News Release, 1/24/01 - Bush Working to Reverse Food Safety Rules
http://www.democrats.org/news/releases/rel012401.html 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2001 CONTACT: Rick Hess
(202) 863-8148

Washington, D.C. Only three days into his new job as President and of the United States, and George W. Bush is already rolling back health and safety initiatives that are widely supported by Americans. The Washington Post reported today that the new Bush Administration has wasted no time in attempting to turn back the clock on safety standards that protect families from potentially life-threatening contamination and food poisoning.

"Within only hours of taking office, Bush put potentially life-saving safety rules on hold," DNC National Chair Joe Andrew said. "Whether it's imposing new restrictions on women's right to choose or delaying new health, safety and environmental initiatives, Americans are starting to ask what happened to the 'compassionate' George W. Bush they saw on Inauguration Day."

According to the Post, "The regulations called for more stringent testing by plants producing hot dogs, ready-to-eat meats and cheeses to detect listeria bacteria." According to the FDA, listeria causes 2,500 serious illnesses and 500 deaths annually.

Andrew noted that Republicans in the Gingrich Congress also tried to undo the nation's health and safety laws in 1995. "Bush is ripping a page from the Gingrich playbook, when the former Speaker tried to reverse decades of improvements in food safety during the 104th Congress," Andrew said. "Fortunately, President Clinton blocked Republicans' attempt to weaken food safety standards. George W. Bush could put the welfare of the public at risk by delaying these regulations," Andrew said.

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