Monday, September 20, 2010

Food Safety Legislation Won’t Mend Regulatory Divide

(Chicago Tribune – P.J. Huffstutter and Andrew Zajac)

Next week’s Senate hearing on the Iowa egg recalls could shed new light on the confusing separation of powers between the FDA and the USDA. As lawmakers prepare for hearings into the largest egg recall in U.S. history, food safety advocates say the congressional probe could give momentum to a long-delayed measure that would enhance the power of the Food and Drug Administration.

If passed, say policymakers, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act could be the first major step toward streamlining the often unwieldy food safety system.

Lawmakers will grapple with the circumstances surrounding the recall this week in a congressional probe of the outbreak of salmonella enteritidis that has sickened more than 1,500 people. Read more here.