FDA, industry at odds over egg-recall response

By Joseph Weber
Washington Times

Agency not doing job with power already available, says key critic.  “Instead of asking for support to do the job they are already authorized to do, [FDA officials] are demanding more authority to create more layers of bureaucracy that will increase the problem instead of solving it and destroy small farms in the process.” ~ Deborah Stockton, NICFA

In the face of a nationwide scare involving contaminated eggs, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner said Monday the agency needs more resources to hunt down the sources of contaminated food and hold commercial farmers and others accountable.

“We need additional resources, we need additional authority,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. “We need to be able to more routinely review records.”

But the call for more federal authority resulted in a strong response from the commercial food industry. Dr. Hamburg’s statement “that the FDA hasn’t had enough authority to help prevent outbreaks like the current contaminated eggs is incorrect,” said Deborah Stockton, executive director of the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association. “The FDA has not acted fully on the authority they have. They could have been inspecting those farms once a month, once a week, once a day.”

Ms. Stockton added that, “instead of asking for support to do the job they are already authorized to do, [FDA officials] are demanding more authority to create more layers of bureaucracy that will increase the problem instead of solving it and destroy small farms in the process.”

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