FDA Makes Food Safety a Priority

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Worried about the safety of our nation’s food supply?


So is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whose new leaders have requested a 19% budget increase for fiscal year 2010.

The agency has proposed a new $259 million initiative to protect consumers from contaminated foods by strengthening the safety and security of the supply chain. All segments of the domestic and foreign food industry would be accountable for ensuring their products meet U.S. safety standards.

The FDA is proposing $94.4 million in new user fees to register food facilities and increase food inspections, issue food and feed export certifications, and reinspect food facilities that fail to meet the agency’s safety standards.

I applaud these efforts. Let’s see if our elected officials feel the same way and vote to support what Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Joshua Sharfstein, MD, calls a “great investment in public health.”

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