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After the Election – The Future of the FDA

Posted by John on November 2nd, 2008

In just a couple of days, we will elect a new President of the United States of America. The new President will not only have to face international turmoil and a faltering economy, but also a breakdown of the regulatory system that oversees food and drug safety.

Simply put, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t been doing a very good job lately. In recent months we’ve had beef recalls because of mad cow and E. Coli contamination, a string of mysterious salmonella outbreaks, tainted shipments of drugs from China, and other drug recalls.

The current FDA system is based on a law passed in 1938 – but our food and drug sources have changed drastically since then. Between 2001 and 2007, food imports grew 75 percent, yet FDA-inspected firms shrunk by 7 percent. The FDA simply has too much work to do these days.

Writing for ABC News, Steve Brozak suggests that our next President should break up the FDA into one agency for food and another for drug safety. No matter what happens to the FDA in the next administration, it’s up to you to protect you family at home.

UV sanitizer wandBuy locally grown organic food whenever possible. (Or better yet, start your own garden!) Wash food thoroughly with purified water before cooking. Keep your kitchen clean to prevent growth of E. Coli and other germs. I use a UV sanitizer in my kitchen – and I have never experienced food sickness from eating at home.

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