Report calls for food safety system reform
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3/30/2009-The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ) have released a new report, “Keeping America’s Food Safe: A blueprint for fixing the food safety system at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,” which examines problems with the current system and proposes ways to improve the food safety functions at the HHS to better protect the nation’s food supply. The report calls for immediate consolidation of food safety leadership within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ultimately the creation of a separate Food Safety Administration within HHS. Currently, no FDA official whose full-time job is food safety has line authority over all food safety functions. According to the report, a speedy effort by the Obama administration to consolidate leadership within FDA, followed by Congressional action to create a separate Food Safety Administration, would both ensure immediate progress on food safety and create a platform for long-term success in reducing food-borne illness. The report identifies the following key problems with the current structure of food safety programs at HHS:
• Inadequate leadership,
prioritization, and coordination.
The report offers the following recommendations:
• Increasing and aligning
resources with the highest-risk threats.
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