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Senate Proceeding 06-23-09 on Jun 23rd, 2009 :: 0:09:05 to 0:19:40
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Amy Klobuchar

0:09:02 to 0:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: do their job. mr. president, i would yield back. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business for ten minutes. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i'm proud to stand here today with senator chambliss, the senator from georgia, in

Amy Klobuchar

0:09:05 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

0:09:23 to 0:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: speaking out in favor of our bill to bring food safety to this count it's interesting that we are introducing this bill together because, of course, this latest outbreak that got so much attention nationally with the peanut corporation started in georgia. no one knew that at the time as people g sick across the country.

Amy Klobuchar

0:09:45 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and it really ended minnesota, where after tee deaths in my own state, it was the minnesota department of health and it was the university of minnesota worng together that once again solved the problem, figured out where the salmonella was coming

Amy Klobuchar

0:10:08 to 0:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: our democratic senator from georgia and the senator from minnesota got together to introduce this bill to say we want to do everything we can to prevent this from happening and when it does happen we want to do things as soon as possible so we have less people that get sick, less people that die. and a lot of that has to do with best practices. so i am proud to stand here with

Amy Klobuchar

0:10:29 to 0:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the senator from georgia today. mr. president, this p week our country saw another food recall due to an outbreak of e. coli caused by refrigerated cookie dough manufactured by nestle. the outbreak sickened people in 29 states and it is the latest -- the latest -- in a

Amy Klobuchar

0:10:50 to 0:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: seriesf foodborne the last two years. or at the least, the outbreaks that we know of. since many cases of foodborne illness are never reported or those that are reported are never linked to an identifiable common source. in the spring and summerf 2007, as you may recall, hundreds of people across the

Amy Klobuchar

0:11:11 to 0:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: country were getting sick from salmonella. the source was traced to hall pea in a peppers -- to jalepeno peppers kpwortd from mexico. last dumber people fell ill -- last summer people fell from salmonella.

Amy Klobuchar

0:11:33 to 0:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: nine people died from salmonella poisoning, three from my home state in minnesota. in both of thehe outbreaks, more than half of the people who got sick or was any consumer advisory or recall. half of these people got sick or died before there was a consumer advisory or recall.

Amy Klobuchar

0:11:54 to 0:12:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in the case of the peppers, people had been getting sick for almost two moneys before the advisory was issued about tomatoes. it was nearly three months before the first illness was reported in minnesota. in the case of the peanut butter

Amy Klobuchar

0:12:16 to 0:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: people were getting sick for three months before the first recall was reported in my staeufplt it is only when they get sick or die before it gets solved. we have to fix it. i'm proud we were abl these two major outbreaks, but we have to be doing it other places as well. the breakthrough in identifying

Amy Klobuchar

0:12:38 to 0:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the sources of contamination did not come from the centers for disease control, it did not come from the food and drug administration. it did not come from the national institutes of health. the breakthrough came from the minnesota department of health and the minnesota departm agriculture as well as a collaborative effort with the minnesota public schoolf public health. this initiative has earned a

Amy Klobuchar

0:13:00 to 0:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: remarkable national reputation. now with all due respect to their exemplary work, the nation should not have to wait until someone from minnesota gets sick or dies from tainted food before there is an effective national response to investigate and identify the causes. the problem is that the responsibility to investigate potentia foodborne diseases

Amy Klobuchar

0:13:23 to 0:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: rests largely r local and state health departments. that's okay if it worked everywhere the way it does in minnesota. there is tremendous variation from state to state in terms of the priority and the resources that they dedicate to this responsibility. in minnesota, it's a high priority and we professionals who have developed sophisticated procedures for detecting, investigating and

Amy Klobuchar

0:13:45 to 0:14:05( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: tracking cases of foodborne illnesses. the peanut butter-salmonella outbreak was so extensive and shocking that it put food safety on the agenda here in washington. it's a crowded agenda, as we all know, but food safety must be there. in march i joined with a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the food safety

Amy Klobuchar

0:14:06 to 0:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: modernization act o would overhaul the federal government's food safety system. other cosponsors are senator dick durbin, senator judd gregg, ted kennedy, richard burr, chris dodd, lamar alexander and saxby chambliss. this legislation is a comprehensive approach to strengthening the food and drug admini resources.

Amy Klobuchar

0:14:28 to 0:14:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: but i believe that there is still much more that can and should be done. that's why along with senator chamblis food safety rapid response act. this legislation centers for disease control as well as state and local capabilities for responding to food-borne illness.

Amy Klobuchar

0:14:49 to 0:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it has three main provisions. first, direct the centers for disease control to enchance food borne systems to improve the collection, analysis, reporting and usefulness of data on food-borne systems. this includes better sharing of information among federal, state and local agencies and as well as with food industry and the public.

Amy Klobuchar

0:15:12 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it includes developing improved epidemiology tools and procedures to better detect food-borne disease clusters and improve trace backs to identify the contaminated food products. our state is proud to be the home of hormel and land of lakes and general mills -- many other food processing companies -- and

Amy Klobuchar

0:15:33 to 0:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they are eager to help with this. often they know the best way to trace back these food-borne illnesses and they want to have safe food and they are interested in helping. second, it directs the centers for disease control to improve food-borne illness surveillance including providing support to state laboratories and agencies

Amy Klobuchar

0:15:54 to 0:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: for outbreak investigations with needed specialty expertise. it also includes, and this is key, at the state and local levels for spending to food-borne illnesses and this is about the minnesota model, these best practices. what happens in minnesota, i tell you this, i bet it expensive in other states but

Amy Klobuchar

0:16:16 to 0:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: what we do is smart. we take a team of graduate students that are food detectives working together instead of going all over the state to maybe a county nurse in oning, someone in another county. this group of graduate students working under the supervision of doctors and people who are professionals in this area, literally call people who have

Amy Klobuchar

0:16:37 to 0:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: been sick more maybe just a little sick and that way in one moment in time they immediately figure out what the people were eating, where the food came from. it is very sophisticated laboratory techniques that go on but what works here is the teamwork with graduate students. finally, this legislation would establish food safety centers of excellence.

Amy Klobuchar

0:16:59 to 0:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the goal is to set food safety centers at select public health departments and higher education institution. this provides resources, training and coordination for state and local officials so that other states can be doing exactly what minnesota does. in particular, they seek to distribute food safety best

Amy Klobuchar

0:17:20 to 0:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: practices like those that have become rue ten in my state. doctor osterhall is a disease expert and you may have seen him featured with the latest flu outbreak. he is credited with the creation of the minnesota program. he has said the creation of

Amy Klobuchar

0:17:41 to 0:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: regional programs models on minnesota would go a long way toward providing precisely the real-time support for outbreak investigations at the state and local levels that is so sorely needed. no o this out of washington. that's why we simply have to upgrid the practices that our states are using when there is

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:02 to 0:18:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: an outbreak so we don't have to wait for people to get sick or die in minnesota so solve these problems. the recent outbreaks have shaken the confidence and trust in the food we eat. according to the centers for disease control, food-borne disease causes 76 million ills in, 335,000 hospitalizations and

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:23 to 0:18:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: 5,000 deaths in the united states. for each illness reported it is estimated up to 40 more illnesses are not confirmed by a lab. the annual cost of medical care, loss productivity and premature deaths due to food-borne illnesses is estimated to be $44 billion. there's a lot at stake here, mr. president.

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:45 to 0:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: both in terms of life and money. and i believe we c better. i believe it because i've seen it in my state. senator chambliss, from the state of georgia, believes it where the latest outbreak occur. he has seen the devastation to an center if his state with one bad actor and it gets out there

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:06 to 0:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and more people get sick and die and this doesn't help anyone but it sures, tremendously, the tragedy, three families in my state. we know we can do better and that is why we are introducing the bill. as a former prosecutor i believe the first responsibility of government is toect its citizens. when people get sick or die from

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:27 to 0:19:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: contaminated food, the government must take aggressive and immediate action. i believe that together, the food safety rapid response absent and the food safety modernization act will strengthen food and safety in

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