Private labs and former FDA employees have admitted that there are loopholes in the testing of imported food. There is no regulation that requires private labs to send all of their tests, good or bad, to the FDA.
But lawmakers want to close this loophole and require all test results, both good and bad, to be submitted to federal regulators.
Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Eat Safe Act of 2007. This act includes additional funding for food-safety agencies and requires tighter oversight of private labs that test imported foods.
The bill also proposes that there be an additional funding of $25 million a year ($10 million for Department of Agriculture and $15 million for FDA) so federal food safety agencies can hire 250 workers, who would mainly focus on imports. Also the legislation asks for $6.5 million a year for food safety and food defense training for federal employees.
A former FDA attorney said this most recent bill is “something else to throw into the pot” and all of these bills focused on food safety show that lawmakers realize that the processes and procedures need to be changed at the FDA and with the safety of our food supply.
Source: USA Today