FDA Unable to Monitor the Safety of Our Food Supply

Monday, September 03, 2007
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Let’s face it, the only things that interest Commissioner of the FDA Andrew von Eschenbach are making new and experimental cancer drugs, turning the FDA into a drug development company, and rushing drugs to the market with less safety testing than already exists.  What does he really care about the distraction known as the safety of the food supply?

Its not just China – Mexico and India beat out China in terms of sending us contaminated food.  We now import 15% of our food supply and the FDA checks 1% of it, and even then food it tests is often allowed into the market before test results are in.  As the Wall Street Journal reports, the FDA is unable to keep up.  FDA has been cutting back on food safety staff while food imports steadily rise.

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