Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Food Safety Modernization Act Starved for Funding


Who can dispute the need for greater food safety? Every time we turn around, there's another recall of eggs, ground beef, turkey or other foods that ought to be healthful rather than harmful. Yet harmful is becoming SOP.

According to a New York Times report, more than 200,000 Americans get ill from tainted food. Roughly the same number die from tainted food as the number of Americans who have been killed in Afghanistan.

Sadly, it does not look to get better any time soon.
One of the policy items you hear the Administration tout as part of defending their record is the food safety bill. Food policy experts considered it flawed, but generally a step in the right direction, and the first overhaul of the nation’s food safety system in decades. There’s every reason for the White House to use that as part of their list of accomplishments.

There’s only one thing: as a result of the legislation, the FDA has more responsibility but does not have more money:

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