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Food Industry: Give FDA New Recall Power

by 5m Editor
27 February 2008, at 9:59am

WASHINGTON - With grocery stores pulling tons of tainted meat out of their freezers, a food industry spokesman urged Congress to radically strengthen food regulators' powers.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee for Oversight put food companies in the hot seat on Tuesday, a little over a week after the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Grocery Manufacturers Association Vice President Robert Brackett chided both the Bush administration and Congress for not giving the Food and Drug Administration more funding to inspect food safety at company plants.

'Because FDA food-related funding has not kept pace with inflation, more than 800 scientists, inspectors and other critical staff have been lost in the past four years,' said Brackett, who served as director the agency's food safety director until last year.

Source: CNN

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