Rosa DeLauro Statement on FDA Shut Down of Sunland Food Facility
Company was Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak in Nut Butters This Fall
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the news the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended the food facility registration of Sunland Inc. Sunland’s nut butters were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that sickened over 40 people, including three in Connecticut, this past fall.
“The FDA’s announcement it has suspended Sunland’s food facility registration is good news for consumers. Congress gave the FDA this authority in the Food Safety Modernization Act so it could protect the public from unsafe food being produced in facilities like this and I am pleased to see them act. Americans should be able to buy a jar of peanut butter-- or anything else--and not have to worry that it will sicken them or their children.
“However, I am disappointed that it took the FDA so long to act. Time is of the essence when the public health is at stake and I expect in the future the FDA will act immediately to protect consumers.”
DeLauro is a senior member of the committee responsible for funding the Food and Drug Administration and a longtime champion for food safety. She was one of the leaders responsible for passing the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011. She has continued working to ensure that the FDA protects the health of American consumers.