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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:31 PM
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FDA So Understaffed It Inspects Less Than One Percent Of Imported Food
100 days later, nation waits for FDA overhaul
Tom Costello


The Food and Drug Administration may be the only federal agency that both political parties agree is in desperate need of an overhaul.

President Barack Obama is promising action, though progress has been slow in the first 100 days. His choice to head the FDA Dr. Margaret Hamburg still has not been confirmed by congress.

Assuming Hamburg is confirmed, she will head an agency whose own Science Board concluded more than two years ago is at risk of failing to carry out its mandate, leaving our citizens at risk of grievous harm.

The FDA is responsible for overseeing the safety of the nations foods, drugs, medical devices and consumer products. In each of those areas, the agency is widely regarded as having fallen down on the job.

But its biggest black eye comes from the way the agency has handled its food safety responsibilities.

Safety of the food supply

The president has promised to act quickly to ensure the safety of the nations food supply, following the most recent salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter that has sickened nearly 500 people and killed 10.

That outbreak follows others involving baby formula, pet food, spinach, jalapenos, cooked ham, anchovies and the list goes on.

more...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30388073/
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:44 PM
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1. I've heard the same about the CPSC.



*Consumer Product Safety Commission.


We're screwn. :eyes:


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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:58 PM
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2. Bush's mandate was to break government.
It's going to take more than 100 days to fix.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:46 PM
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7. That's about the size of it. nm
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:05 PM
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3. Just another example of 'pukes keeping us safe
:P
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:08 PM
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4. HOw about let's stop importing food for a while? I can think of 20 reasons why it is a good
idea, this being one of them!
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:15 PM
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5. I avoid eating imported food.
It is not too hard since I don't eat meat or fish.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:42 PM
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9. I shop at a local market who gets its meat and vegetables
only from local farmers in WA.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:42 PM
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10. Absolutely. n/t
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:17 PM
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12. Many spices and some produce are grown primarily in other countries
Because they have been traditionally grown there and are better suited to those particuliar climates. The US, being a large country, does have more climates than most, but the prices on some products would go through the roof and others would be unavailable if we suddenly stopped importing food.
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:46 PM
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6. My guess it's intentional. woops wait a sec
:tinfoilhat: That makes me feel better.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:41 PM
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8. I am waiting for the Media and the right wing to blame Obama
for this.....

Apparantly under * there were more federal jobs that remained empty because they wouldn't hire anyone who wasn't extrem enough for them.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:52 PM
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11. This is a national security issue. A HUGE one that bu$hit, Inc. IGNORED...
...and that's why our damn food isn't safe.
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