Congressional Panel Says FDA Dragging Their Feet On Answers

Representatives Dingell and Stupak, who chaired the congressional food safety hearings, have written a letter (PDF) on May 24 to say that “the delays and the quality of responses to the Committee’s requests concerning FDA are unacceptable.” And went on to itemize the missing pieces of information.

Some requested items have been pending for as long as three months, and the letter criticizes the FDA for providing documents with redactions without consulting with the committee.

The letter was sent to the head of Health and Human Service, who oversees the FDA and provides a deadline of June 1 for the answers. If the FDA does not meet that deadline, the committee will “consider other options, including compulsory process.”

(Thanks mike)

28 Responses to “Congressional Panel Says FDA Dragging Their Feet On Answers”

  1. Debbie4747 says:

    Not sure where to post this one, but it’s actually too funny to let slip by. Seems it’s okay to put in all kinds of poisons in our food but not something as organic as pot. And the big focus now is trademark infrigment. You really should read this article and remember it everytime the fda says melamine, cyanuric acid and what not is okay in our foods;page=1

  2. E. Hamilton says:

    Good start, it is high time the FDA either got to work or got booted out the door , the conflict of interest with the drug companies and FEMA like amnesia about who they work for, are unacceptable.

    This next election let us get a whole NEW bunch of scoundrels and watch em like hawks and put the spurs to them as needed and see if that works better than the goood ole boy system we have been suffering under for so long.

    In the days when this country was forged, bad actors got thrown onto a slow boat back to England, since that is where the loyalty lay and I am sure there are still many slow boats to China these days. Oops, going to China, where they KILL you for taking bribes from drug companies might not be where the FDA wants to go!
    And we still have the “Tea Party ” option.

  3. furmom says:

    The FDA is dragging their feet? I’d sa they are dragging the whole stinkin carcass.

  4. 4lgdfriend says:

    “criticizes the FDA for providing documents with redactions without consulting with the committee.”

    The FDA will be shaking in their boots over “criticism” !!!
    Where’s the supeona? No reponse? It’s tea party time.

    On a lighter note: fish

  5. 4lgdfriend says:

    Oh what the heck! Whaddya say we just go ahead and have our Tea Party anyhow?

  6. Anonymous says:

    “provides a deadline of June 1 for the answers. If the FDA does not meet that deadline, the committee will “consider other options, including compulsory process”
    7 hr countdown begins now.

  7. 4lgdfriend says:

    “With the exception of patient identifiers in medical records, all documents produced to the Committee are to be unredacted.”

    Deadline is “close of business” 6/1. Way to go, so that would really be start of business June 4 then? Right. Give the poor overworked SOBs the weekend to relax.

  8. Anonymous says:

    ….and I would add:
    all documents produced to the Committee are to be unredacted to the public.

  9. Katie says:

    Hopefully there will be some action and a good outcome as a result of congressional action but… you gotta know if the FDA is controlled by the “top” nothing is going to happen, or some scapegoat will be found… and it will be back to business as usual. I am hoping I’m wrong.


  10. ann says:

    Recall Friday coming up…Any guesses?

  11. straybaby says:

    so . . can any of you super slueths out there find the letter of april1 2th regarding FDA bonuses according to the chart?! that could be an interesting read . .

  12. straybaby says:

    well gee Ann, since this crap is supposed to be safe for humans . . . . ;)

  13. ann says:

    Maybe instead of recall Fridays, we’ll start having ’safe for human and pet consumption” Fridays

  14. Kiki says:

    FDA budget for FY ‘08…which first starts with a hefty pay raise. How about using Bushes paradigm of “pay for performance”. If used, the FDA would owe us a bunch of money, doncha think??

  15. Kiki says:

    FDA gets paid by drug companies…screwy system that everyone wants changed except the FDA.

  16. Flamin says:

    “provides a deadline of June 1 for the answers. If the FDA does not meet that deadline, the committee will “consider other options, including compulsory process”
    7 hr countdown begins now.
    Where have I heard empty threats like this before. United Nations to Iran, North Korea perhaps.

    I’m not holding my breath for this US congressional committee to do anything to the FDA. It’s like the rooster guarding the hen house. Make that melahens!

  17. Steve says:

    The FDA’s federal budget request for 2008 totalled $2.1 Billion.

    Taxpayer funded of course. If they can’t get the basics together on that forget it.

  18. Rick says:

    Maybe THIS is why the FDA are dragging their feet–from ABC News:
    Avandia Critic Claims FDA Smear Campaign
    Cardiologist ‘Not Backing Down’ After Alleged Media Attack by an FDA Spokesman.

    The prominent cardiologist sounding alarms about the diabetes drug Avandia claims he is the target of a smear campaign organized by a top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman.

    They’ve got their hands full trying to protect big pharma!

    Rest of story:

  19. Joan says:

    China comes out swinging in food fight

    BEIJING — Chinese food exports to the USA are safer than U.S. food exports to the People’s Republic of China, a government official claimed in Beijing Thursday, during a spirited defense of the country’s food and drug safety system.

  20. Sylvia says:

    We are in a dysfunctional relationship with China - like the crazy, loud, alcoholic family on the block that all the other neighbors love to gossip about but avoid socially.

  21. YaYa says:

    Hey, I have an Idea to Solve the Food fight!

    How bout, WE KEEP OUR FOODS and THEY can KEEP THEIRS?!

    Whadaya think?

  22. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Friday says:

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  23. straybaby says:

    “Steve Says:
    May 31st, 2007 at 9:42 pm
    The FDA’s federal budget request for 2008 totalled $2.1 Billion.”

    i wonder if this will keep the lab closings from happenning . . . .

  24. Sharon says:

    Let’s make them explain what that $2.1 Billion is buying. If it’s not food safety then I want my money back.

  25. Susan says:

    Steve–I read that the $2.1 billion budget is a $105.8 million increase over last year. Of that increase, only $10.6 million goes towards strengthening food safety.
    I only begrudge some of them their raise. (Like the ones in bed with Duan-o.) Some are hardworking, decent people, like that vet who tried to pull the plug on ProHeart and got punished.

  26. bw says:

    Sorry to get off topic, but this is about poisoning animals and water, even though they are fish.
    Is it just me or is this another mindbogglingly STUPID decision from a federal agency. The Fish and Wildlife Agency is approving the POISONING of a stream and 3 lakes in the headwaters of the Stillwater river in order to KILL one type of fish in order to protect another type of fish that are more popular with tourists. So to increase tourism we are going to poison a little more water, and kill some more animals. I cannot fathom such insanity, but maybe I am missing something “beneficial” here.


    Wildlife official OKs fish poisoning

    BILLINGS (AP) — A Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional supervisor has approved the poisoning of brook trout in a stream and three lakes at the headwaters of the Stillwater River to protect a nearby population of pure Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

    Region 5 supervisor Gary Hammond in Billings issued the decision notice Wednesday, approving the use of the chemical rotenone to eradicate the brook trout. The decision can be appealed to FWP’s director.


    The project will target brook trout in Goose Creek and Huckleberry, Mutt and Jeff lakes to protect Yellowstone cutthroat in Goose Lake, which is inside the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The other three lakes are outside the wilderness boundary, but the six-mile section of Goose Creek proposed for treatment forms the wilderness boundary; and parts of it are inside the wilderness area.

    The treatment area is about five miles north of Cooke City.

    The lakes and creek would be restocked with Yellowstone cutthroat about a year after the poisoning.

    Some groups, including American Wildlands and the Beartooth Alliance, voiced approval of the project. The Beartooth Alliance is an affiliate of the Northern Plains Resource Council based in Cooke City.

    In a letter supporting the measure, Nellie Israel, chairwoman of the group’s board of directors, wrote: “We feel that the restoration of a thriving Yellowstone cutthroat population would increase visitors’ enjoyment of the area and help stimulate economic growth in the future.”

    But the decision notice also contained complaints from other anglers and hikers who saw the project as unnecessary because the brook trout were thriving, and unacceptable in and near a wilderness area.

    Brook trout are not native to the area and were likely stocked in the early 1930s. It’s not clear if the Goose Lake Yellowstone cutthroats are native, although it seems unlikely given the geography of the area.

    Goose Lake now provides brood stock for the Yellowstone River Trout Hatchery at Big Timber. Wildlife officials would use some of the Goose Lake cutthroat trout fingerlings from Big Timber to restock the lakes and creek.

    Goose Lake also provides fish for 68 other lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains. Brook trout still occupy about 110 lakes in the mountain range.
    Goose Creek and Mutt and Jeff lakes should become a self-sustaining fishery, the agency said, while Huckleberry Lake would be restocked every three to four years because its spawning habitat is poor for cutthroats.

  27. petslave says:

    Unfortunately rotenone is very commonly used in this country by various agencies to poison lakes &, less often, streams, to optimize fishing. It goes under the facinating name of lake rehabilitation.

    Our state (WA) used to do it very routinely until just recently when public outcry (& probably more importantly the the finding that rotenone can affect male fertility) has stopped most of the routine ‘rehabilitations’. I guess it was popular in earlier days for everyone to go to the lake while it was poisoned & gather the poisoned fish as they floated to the top & take them home to eat. It was considered non-toxic to mammals then but I think that’s changed some now.

  28. DMS says:

    What has become of the deadline?

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