October 10th, 2012|
October 10, 2012
The U.S. may have some of the safest food in the world, but still roughly one in six people get sick from eating tainted products each year.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in January 2011, is an effort to step up the federal government’s battle with foodborne illnesses that affect nearly 50 million Americans each year, killing thousands.
Citing a lack of money, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it’s having difficulty implementing the new rules to improve food safety, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
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, vegetables, packaged foods, and food imports.
The FDA Commissioner said that the implementation has been slow. It has been nearly two years since Obama signed the legislation into law, and Congress has not yet provided enough money to meet the law’s demands.
The FDA is working to meet many new priorities, including improved international drug regulation. The agency’s resources could fall prey to deficit reduction talks that are due to resume in Congress after the November 6 election.