SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 6, 2012

FDA funds curtail function

FDA says it can’t afford new food-safety law

By David Morgan REUTERS

WASHINGTON — Citing a lack of money, the Food and Drug Administration said it is having difficulty implementing expansive new rules to improve food safety, nearly two years after President Barack Obama signed them into law.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg predicted yesterday that her agency “very soon” will issue new regulations needed to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act, a sweeping law enacted to upgrade the security of the U.S. food supply after a deadly salmonella outbreak in 2009.

Hamburg said implementation has been slow because Congress has not provided enough money to meet the law’s ambitious demands.

The legislation imposes the biggest changes in food safety since the 1930s and calls for the agency to create new science-based safety standards for fruits and vegetables, packaged foods and food imports.

“Implementing that broadly expansive mandate with limited resources has been a challenge,” Hamburg told a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based research organization.

The FDA is working to meet many new priorities, including improved international drug regulation, while analysts and industry officials say the agency’s resources could fall prey to deficit-reduction talks that are due to resume in Congress after the Nov. 6 election.

The Food Safety Modernization Act, which Obama signed into law in January 2011, represents an effort to step up the federal government’s battle with food-borne illnesses that afflict nearly 50 million Americans each year, killing thousands.

The United States, by most measures, has some of the safest food in the world. Still, roughly 1 in 6 people get sick from eating tainted products each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.

Hamburg called on private industry to help finance the law’s provisions. The FDA regulates about 80 percent of the U.S. food supply. The Department of Agriculture oversees meat and poultry.

(This is such a dreadful post about the FDA not able to afford to do it’s job!  This can’t be news to anyone.  I’ve been carping about the poor job the FDA has been doing and all the things it is supposed to be doing and is not for some years now.  We have no protection at all from these people.   But we can’t blame Margaret Hamburg for all the inefficiencies because she only came on board May 18, 2009 as Commissioner.  It has been malfunctioning for years.    I love to see Ladies Rule, breaking ceilings and all that, so I do not really like to sound like I’m attempting to knock her down.   But this lady has to be one of the worst possible choices for assignment to a position of authority wherein trust, responsibility and sacred duty to others come into play.  This is almost sacred as far as I am concerned.  The health of all of us rests largely with the FDA,  but especially so with our children.  I have posted often about Mercury and Dentistry.  Our President does not approve of Mercury use and his views are known.    Please watch the following video, so that you know what we are dealing with.   Jan)

FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s conflict of interest with 24, 2011 – 7 min – Uploaded by MercuryExposure
Charlie Brown of Consumers for dental choice details FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s conflicts of 

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