FDA Pats Itself on the Back — Not So Fast, Says USA Today

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.

USA Today’s response?

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.

68 Responses to “FDA Pats Itself on the Back — Not So Fast, Says USA Today”

Pages: « 1 [2] Show All

  1. menusux says:

    http://ds1.psc.dhhs.gov/hhsdir.....rmat=Table

    Last name Von Eschenbach

    First name Andrew

    Middle name C

    Agency FDA

    Organization DHHS/FDA/OC

    Job title COMMISSIONER OF FOOD AND DR

    Building PKLN

    Room 1471

    Duty station Rockville MD 20857

    Mail stop HF-1

    Phone 301-827-2410

    Internet e-mail andrew.voneschenbach@fda.hhs.gov

  2. mgm says:

    If this is an example of FDA efficiency, imagine how it would react if terrorists poisoned one branch of our food supply. Of course they might already have done it…who would know? Can a US president be impeached for installing the most unqualified dorks he could find in our most sensitive agencies?

  3. Beth says:

    Makes one wonder……just what they are going to do with all of that contaminated chicken & pork, if they don’t process it for human consumption…..turn it into pet food??!!??!!??

    If allowed to be processed for human consumption, what will it do to human health 5 yrs - 10 yrs - 15 yrs from now????

    Short term effects is not the only important thing here - the long term effect is just as important.

    Keep wondering what the folks in the White House are eating these days???

  4. Kiki says:

    All these %$$^^$ care about is money, so hit them where it hurts. Just keep boycotting (even after the all clear). Just keep on boycotting.

    Next on the agenda should be letters asking for the FDA commish’s head. AE has GOT to GO - he is a disgrace of an American.

  5. Sabby says:

    I knew something terrible was coming from China - I had the worst vibs and tried to warn people a couple of months ago - and everyone thought me nuts. I didn’t realize the extent of this tragedy but I knew it was something terrible - even now with the terror upon us, I barely sleep because the worst has not yet arrived.

    I am not against Chinese people but I am most definately for protecting our country from poisoned ingredients.

  6. Helen says:

    Hey, don’t forget that if we are all not eating chicken and pork, and it is lying around the store, it is going to go to a rendering plant and be made into pet food, melamine, plastic wrap, styrofoam and all. Mmmmm.

  7. Wendy44 says:

    Ahhh, menusux, good work. Lets flood his inbox!!!!

  8. susanUnPC says:

    I also saw no way to register, on that or the home page of USA Today. Maybe it’s my Mac browser? Dunno.

    ::::

    We DO have legislation, and it’s very important we focus on solutions that Sens. Durbin and Cantwell, and Rep. DeLauro, are trying to enact.

    We only have so much energy. Let’s use it to help them by contacting our own senators and representatives and demanding they support Durbin/Cantwell’s food safety amendment to the FDA Revitalization Act, and Durbin/DeLauro’s Food Safety Act.

  9. pat says:

    I’m not surprised that fda is congratulating themselves… that’s standard government issue. Remember the fema people telling everyone what a swell group they were in the wake of katrinia? All we need now is for georgie to come out and tell us andy’s going a heck of a good job.

  10. Kathy Thompson says:

    Part of USA Today’s registration is behind Walgreen’s ad, just ignore the ad, the submit button is only half hidden, it’s kind of school-bus orange if I remember right. I too am sick of registering everywhere, but if they only get 15 total comments, we lose all our credibility! Let’s just do it, ALL OF US, ALL DAY LONG. Be polite but firm, be humble, but let’s get our voices heard!! Not everyone knows about Itchmo and Pet Connection, they do know about USA Today. LET’S MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!!!!!!!

  11. pat says:

    anyone local to the area should be aware of this. i would expect this meeting to be fraught with interest:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the following
    public meeting: “Meeting to Present Work-in-Progress on a Method for
    Ranking Feed Contaminants According to the Relative Risks They Pose to
    Animal and Public Health; Part 2: Exposure Scoring for Feed
    Contaminants.” The topic to be discussed will present work-in-progress
    on a method for ranking animal feed contaminants by their relative
    risks to animal and human health. The relative risk posed by feed
    contaminants to animal and human health consists of two components,
    namely, health consequence scoring and exposure scoring. At a meeting
    held in September 2006, the agency presented its current thinking on
    health consequence scoring. At this public meeting, the agency will
    describe the methods it plans to use to develop animal and human
    exposure scoring for chemical, physical, and microbiological feed
    contaminants. At a subsequent public meeting, FDA will present
    information on its relative risk-ranking model and how the health
    consequence scoring and exposure scoring will be combined to determine
    the relative risks of contaminants in feed.
    Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on May 22, 2007,
    from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: The public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 2
    Mongomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879.
    Contact: For general information: Zoe Gill, Center for Veterinary
    Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl.,
    Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6867, FAX: 240-453-6882, or e-mail:
    zoe.gill@fda.hhs.gov.

    here’s the link to the rest of the description:

    http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E7-5820.htm

  12. pat says:

    Persons local to the DC area might want to have a look at this. I imagine this meeting will be fraught with interest.

    Link to the announcement is here:
    http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E7-5820.htm

    Highlights are as follows:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the following
    public meeting: “Meeting to Present Work-in-Progress on a Method for
    Ranking Feed Contaminants According to the Relative Risks They Pose to
    Animal and Public Health; Part 2: Exposure Scoring for Feed
    Contaminants.” The topic to be discussed will present work-in-progress
    on a method for ranking animal feed contaminants by their relative
    risks to animal and human health. The relative risk posed by feed
    contaminants to animal and human health consists of two components,
    namely, health consequence scoring and exposure scoring. At a meeting
    held in September 2006, the agency presented its current thinking on
    health consequence scoring. At this public meeting, the agency will
    describe the methods it plans to use to develop animal and human
    exposure scoring for chemical, physical, and microbiological feed
    contaminants. At a subsequent public meeting, FDA will present
    information on its relative risk-ranking model and how the health
    consequence scoring and exposure scoring will be combined to determine
    the relative risks of contaminants in feed.
    Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on May 22, 2007,
    from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: The public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 2
    Mongomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879.
    Contact: For general information: Zoe Gill, Center for Veterinary
    Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl.,

    [[Page 14821]]

    Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6867, FAX: 240-453-6882, or e-mail:
    zoe.gill@fda.hhs.gov.

    For registration: Nanette Milton, Center for Veterinary Medicine
    (HFV-200), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville,
    MD 20855, 240-453-6840, FAX: 240-453-6880, or e-mail:
    nanette.milton@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: Send registration information (including name, title,
    firm name, address, telephone, and fax number) to the contact person
    (see Contact). To obtain the registration form via the Web site, go to
    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.go.....007PM.htm. Due to limited meeting space,

    registration will be required. We strongly encourage early
    registration.

  13. Trudy Jackson says:

    I don’t know where to post this or what to do. a friend just stopped in, and He’s lost 2 dogs and 2 are very sick. He just heard about the recall. [Not everyone knows] and He just fed His dogs Alpo canned. He Just bought it at Wal Mart. I thought they were supposed to take it off the shelves. this is a terrible shame. What doezs He/I do now about this mess. He also fed them dry Highlands Pride [never heard of it]. When will the local press get on this?? I’m going crazy!1 Trudy

  14. Trudy Jackson says:

    Does anyone out there know what highlands pride is? Or doesn’t anyone want to answer Me. Help. trudy

  15. Anna K says:

    FDA patting themselves on the back? THEY SHOULD BE KICKING THEMSELVES IN THE ASS. SHAME SHAME SHAME. They should all be fired!!!

  16. Helen says:

    Trudy: I Googled Highlands Pride and couldn’t even find anything on google. Could be a store brand generic of some sort. We already know the Alpo has problems, but my opinion on it is if you can’t find out anything whatsoever about a food or even find it mentioned anywhere on Google, it might not be a good thing to be feeding, especially to sick animals. Have you suggested to your friend feeding bland human food to the dogs until he can figure out what to do? I hope he was able to get them to the vet, and if he hasn’t they absolutely need to go.

  17. Val says:

    Trudy,
    I agree with Helen. If you don’t know what to feed, just feed people food.
    There are lists and blogs here that have great info on what foods are safe or what to look for re: ingredients.
    I am sorry that your friend did not know about the recall. I have met too many that don’t know as well. I was at our local Walmart making it known to the employees that they still had recalled food on the shelves, I was asked to leave. I did manage to place a lot of flyers with info and the itchmo.com, pet connection web sites around on the shelves. I sure hope I helped somebody not choose to buy poison for their pets. There were several customers in the aisles :-)

  18. Mandy says:

    I so can’t believe this. I’ve fed Whiskers and Smokey Cat Chow or Purina One their WHOLE lives and what do I find out now? Two of Purina products have been recalled, two have been complained about but have NOT been recalled, and most of their products are full of grain. No wonder no matter what I do my cats have been over weight.

    Now guess what? It’s dangerous to feed them chicken. It’s dangerous to feed them pig products, and I’ve even heard of some fish products that have been recalled. They also don’t like beef!

    It’s in the meat, it’s in the grain, and I’m allergic to several different kinds of fruits and vegetables.

    What the heck am I supposed to eat or feed my fur babies?!

    My online friend who lives in New Zealand said he’s glad he doesn’t live here. It’s enough to make you think of moving there… but oh guess what? I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford it!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    Patting yourselves on the back indeed! Rotten FDA! Fire all the idiots and hire new people! Also hire MORE people so that they can properly check ALL the food that comes from foreign countries.

    Oh know what else? One of the medicines I take was recalled because it was giving people heart attacks!

    No wonder my health is so bad. I’m on disability because I’m always so sick, because I have a weak immune system so it’s hard for my body to fight off anything. Yet they CLAIM this doesn’t effect people!

    Guess what one of my favorite foods is? CHICKEN! But till recently I had NO idea what I was really eating!

    Now 20 million chickens might be bad? 20 MILLION?! What ELSE are you covering up FDA?! Instead of admitting your wrongs and trying to fix it, you’re just blaming everyone else and trying to cover your own butts!

    Patting yourself on the back indeed! I think everyone is mentally painting TARGETS on your backs. As in, we boycott the targets!

    RAAAAARRRRR!

Pages: « 1 [2] Show All


Close
E-mail It