Make Our Food Safe
06/30/2011

"Deficit focus coming at expense of food safety?"

CBS News | Armen Keteyian

"(CBS News)  As much as 20 percent of the food Americans eat comes from other countries, but the federal Food and Drug Administration only has enough money to inspect 2 percent of that imported food. Now in spite of a new law to bolster safeguards, Congress is cutting the FDA's food inspection budget, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports.

So far at least 47 people have died in an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has sickened nearly 4,000 people. That is reigniting the debate over food safety in the United States with those who favor strengthening the FDA squaring off against deficit-cutting opponents..."

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