FDA encouraged to use more authority on food safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/10

FDA encouraged to use more authority when dealing with food safety

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After the recent nationwide food contaminations of different foods like lettuce, spinach, peppers and peanut butter some suggestions have been made to the FDA to help prevent more widespread food contamination epidemics.  A panel of experts from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released a report calling for the FDA to take more authority in protecting the public when it comes to food safety.  Currently, dozens of agencies are involved in food safety inspections.

"To maximize the benefits of implementing the recommendations in this report, the committee also calls for an evolution toward a single food safety agency," said Dr. Robert Wallace, the Committee Chair with the National Institute of Medicine.

The panel also suggests the FDA step up and demand recalls of contaminated foods, rather than allow voluntary recalls from the company.

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