Report: Improvements Needed to Protect Food Supply From Potential Threats

June 24, 2008
by Mike Mitka
Journal of American Medical Association

The report, issued on April 30 by Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, argues that the nation's food security system has major flaws in its ability to protect consumers. The group says that the system has not been fundamentally modernized in more than 100 years, has inadequate resources to fight modern bacterial threats, and has been crippled by reductions in the numbers of food inspectors and scientists at agencies responsible for food safety. In addition, the group noted, 15 federal agencies operating under at least 30 laws are involved in food safety, with no single department responsible for the overall protection of the food supply. The report, Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America's Food Supply From Farm-to-Fork, was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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