Little Rock – On Monday, June 28th, 13 year old Thomas Whitmire of El Paso, Arkansas, a victim of a food-borne illness that he contracted here in Arkansas and his mother, Melissa Whitmire, will be in Little Rock to participate in a media tour and are available for interviews. Last year Whitmire was sickened by a normal meal at a cookout.  So weak, Thomas was unable to walk and eventually began to pass blood. Hospitalized twice, that meal cost Thomas his health, and the lead in his school play.  Now he finds himself in the drama of Washington, DC.  The Whitmire’s recently paid a visit to the Capitol to meet with Senator Blanche Lincoln.  The Whitmire’s spoke in favor of theSB 510, the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, a legislative response to this pandemic to better secure the safety of the food make, packaged and sold in the country.

After Thomas’s health scare the family began educating themselves about our nation’s food safety guidelines.  “We were shocked,” Melissa said. “Shocked when found the laws governing food safety in this country hadn’t been updated in 70 years!  SB 510 would increase inspections and give the government the authority to recall contaminated foods.”

Our understanding of the science of food safety has increased exponentially in the last seven decades.  Food safety regulations have not kept track with scientific knowledge.  SB 510 will bring sound scientific principles to the way governments agencies regulate our food and enforce food related rules.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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