What Happened to Better Food Safety?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says its $1.2 billion budget isn’t enough to implement a 2010 law that created new rules.

USA Today reports…

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in October that unless the agency’s food safety budget is increased by millions of dollars from its current level of $1.2 billion it would continue to struggle to implement the expansive new regulations. “Implementing that broadly expansive mandate with limited resources has been a challenge,” Hamburg said at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank. “It has been harder and slower than any of us would have wanted.”

We don’t cover every food recall – there are way too many, and most are very specific items – but better oversight might have prevented salmonella outbreaks in mangoes and peanut butter products earlier this year.

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