SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., today U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today introduced a bill to help protect more American families from foodborne illnesses. Cárdenas’ legislation would expand food safety education initiatives to train farmworkers on how to prevent bacterial contamination of food, how to identify sources of foodborne contaminants and other means of decreasing food contamination.

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas “Farmworkers who work in backbreaking conditions provide food on our grocery store shelves that many of us take for granted,” said Cárdenas. “They are at the cutting edge of our food production. The easiest way to stop infections and illness is to start at the source and farmworkers can provide a strong front line of defense for food safety.”

He added, “Too many people have died in this country from preventable foodborne illness. This is important, simple, commonsense legislation that will save lives.”

This legislation is a standalone version of an amendment of the “farm bill” offered by Cárdenas earlier in 2013.