Stronger oversight is a way to improve U.S. food safety

April 2, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Allentown Morning Call

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was notified by Kraft Foods on March 24 that it had pistachios infected by salmonella. A week later, the American public heard about it and more than 2 million pounds of nuts were recalled. Today, coast-to-coast, it's hard to find a single package of pistachios in the stores. 

A non-profit think tank, Trust for America's Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just issued a report urging creation of a separate food safety administration within Health and Human Services, with a deputy commissioner who has authority over all food safety issues, and making other recommendations.

The report was dated March 25 -- two days before news of the pistachio recall became public.

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