Senate Passes Food Safety Overhaul

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that could significantly alter food safety in the United States. Right now, the FDA only steps in when a recall is underway. Under the new law, the agency would be allowed to inspect any farm and try to prevent the kind of salmonella outbreaks that made the headlines last summer.

Benjamin England worked at the FDA for 17 years and founded FDAImports.com. He believes this legislation could lead to dramatic change, but only if the government can find the funding to back up the FDA's expanded role.

Guests:

Benjamin England

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Peg from Southern Tier NY

My understanding is that farmers must pay for their own FDA inspections. As a small farmer in NY's GAPS program (good agricultural practices - required by large grocery outlets like Wegmans), I was required to pay for mine. On huge "agribiz farms" (which cause the food contaminations) these expenses are easily absorbed. For small farmers like me, this is a huge expense.

Dec. 01 2010 06:39 AM

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