More Food Recalls as Congress Finally Pays Attention
Posted on April 23, 2007Apparently, the FDA has long known about the contamination problems at a Georgia plant which turned out contaminated peanut butter. Other problems have included hogs that ate food laced with melamine and died and pets that have been dying from melamine in pet food that originated in China.
Robert E. Brackett, director of the FDA's food-safety arm, tells The Washington Post, "We have 60,000 to 80,000 facilities that we're responsible for in any given year." He says they "have to build safety into their products rather than us chasing after them."
The safety of American food is of paramount importance. The Bush administraton has consistently cut funding for the CDC and refuses to increase funds which are required for the FDA to be able to do its job. It's time to quit spending billions in Iraq to referee a civil war and pay attention to what's happening at home.