Monday, April 23, 2007

FDA Knew of Dangers To Food, Did Nothing

Washington Post:
The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show.

Overwhelmed by huge growth in the number of food processors and imports, however, the agency took only limited steps to address the problems and relied on producers to police themselves, according to agency documents.

Congressional critics and consumer advocates said both episodes show that the agency is incapable of adequately protecting the safety of the food supply.
Part of it was tight budgets. Part of it was an unwillingness on the FDA's part to follow up, when problems were found; instead, they relied on businesses to solve their own problems, with no oversight. Two more examples of how the Bush Administration's incompetence, and the Republican ideological disdain for regulation of businesses, kill.

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