Last year the FDA promised to improve food safety, but, they haven’t followed through. Reuters reports:
In the past week, a rare strain of Salmonella has sickened 167 people in 17 states who ate certain types of tomatoes.Wait, government letting the people down? No! Never heard that before.
This is the latest in a series of incidents that have eroded public confidence in the safety of the food supply and lead to more calls for change at the Food and Drug Administration. There also have been problems with lettuce, peanut butter and spinach in recent years.
"These continued outbreaks are unacceptable," said Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. "To have (the FDA) come up and say they don't know what to do about it or how much money they need or what resources they require is a shame and a disgrace."
Last November, the FDA, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, issued a "food protection plan" that would focus on preventing problems in the riskiest areas before they occur, both domestically and overseas, rather than simply conducting more inspections and testing.