We’ll start with a quote from the FDA commissioner:
The current event has demonstrated our effectiveness at detecting and containing a problem.
We’d like to know how they measure effectiveness. Read FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach’s letter in USA Today.
The string of deadly outbreaks reveals an agency that is too often caught off guard. By every measure, the agency is overwhelmed and understaffed, leaving it unable to keep dangerous foods out of supermarkets or out of the country.
This is an open thread folks. Let them know how you feel. Remember, keep it family-friendly.
(Thanks Pet Connection)
They also think that the USDA’s model is a better one:
The Agriculture Department’s system for regulating meat could serve as a model. It requires foreign meatpacking plants to live up to U.S. standards if they want to export here; all meat imports must come into just 10 U.S. ports, where inspectors concentrate their resources. By contrast, FDA-regulated food imports pour in through hundreds of ports and border crossings. The FDA inspects only 1% of the imported food it regulates, and it can stop an import only at the border.