Make Our Food Safe
06/08/2010

"FDA urged to be proactive, not reactive, in preventing food safety problems"

Los Angeles Times | Andrew Zajac

"Reporting from Washington - The Food and Drug Administration, the nation's chief watchdog on food safety, is too often caught flat-footed when problems arise, a health advisory panel said Tuesday, urging the agency to focus more on preventing outbreaks of illness by targeting facilities and products most likely to make people sick.

The panel said the FDA is trying to apply so-called risk-based management in food safety in piecemeal fashion and does not have an overall plan, or the money, to implement it effectively. The assessment came in a report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academies..."

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