FDA's Ineffective Tomato Probe Is Economic Hurricane for State

July 2, 2008
The Tampa Tribune

Food should not make people sick. When it does, federal authorities need to move decisively to warn the public and, equally important, to isolate the problem. The calls for more funding have not gone unheard by Congress. On Monday, President Bush signed a law that gave the FDA an extra $150 million in spending this year. The nongovernmental Trust for America's Health reaches a similar conclusion: "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."

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