Senator Coburn on the FDA power grab
by Andrew Ward
Senator Coburn’s office recently compiled a document that outlines even more reasons why we ought to be opposed to S.510, the grossly misnamed Food Safety and Modernization Act.
The senator first touches on why more regulation is redundant and hurtful to food safety:
Specifically, GAO found that in 2003, FDA and USDA activities included overlapping and duplicative inspections of 1,451 domestic food-processing facilities that produce foods regulated by both agencies… This overlap was evident in the egg salmonella scare. The Wall Street Journal reported (USDA Graders Saw Bugs and Trash at Egg Producer; Didn’t Tell FDA) that U.S. Department of Agriculture experts knew about sanitary problems at one of the two Iowa farms at the center of a massive nationwide egg recall, but did not notify health authorities.) USDA inspects farms and gives eggs their “Grade A” label, while the FDA technically is tasked with the safety of the final egg product.