Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Salmonella Outbreak Forces the FDA to Consider a Makeover

Just heard this news report about the FDA. Lawmakers want to change the structure, separating Food oversight from Drugs. Also, they want to streamline food and drug approval structures and processes. Currently 15 organizations feed into FDA approvals.

Ironically, the salmonella outbreak in peanut butter finally got the FDA to sit up and take notice. They weren't all that concerned, until very recently, about people having allergic reactions due to poor food labeling, or unnecessarily limited choices due to "blanket" food labels. But as we know, peanut butter is a huge deal in this country. Finally, they had to take a step back.

Whatever it took to get them to make positive changes, I'm for it.


Jennifer B said...

Verrry interesting! Thanks for pointing out the article to us. I hope we see some positive change!

celiacmama said...

While I'm happy that anything makes people sit up and take notice, it seriously irks me that it takes a salmonella outbreak for the FDA to take notice when millions of kids and adults have insane food allergies!! ARGH!