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Self-policing of food firms fails, says lawmaker

WASHINGTON — Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, says she will introduce a bill as soon as January to create an agency with the sole mission of protecting food safety and will press for more funding to prevent foodborne illnesses.

It is unacceptable for Americans to rely on private inspectors who have ties to food companies and award positive ratings to producers whose farms and factories are tainted with bacteria, DeLauro says.

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