TFAH Statement: FDA Food Protection Plan is Insufficient
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Last update: 12:48 p.m. EST Dec. 1, 2008
WASHINGTON, Dec 01, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Jeff Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in response to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) progress report on the Food Protection Plan:
"The nation lacks a real plan for food protection.
The staff at the FDA should be commended for moving forward with some key
initiatives to improve food safety, but they can only achieve limited success
without the resources and multiyear planning to fundamentally fix the food
"We need a major overhaul matched by major investments to achieve the level of change needed. The FDA should articulate to Congress and the American people what resources are needed over the long-term to achieve the goals and define milestones for how to measure success. As part of the transition to an Obama administration, we hope that the FDA will develop a more comprehensive plan for a modernized food safety system."
Approximately 76 million Americans -- one in four -- are
sickened by foodborne diseases each year. Of these,
an estimated 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die. Medical costs and lost
productivity due to foodborne illnesses in the
TFAH released a report, Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America's Food Supply from Farm-to-Fork, earlier in 2008 identifying major gaps in the nation's food safety system, including obsolete laws, misallocation of resources, and inconsistencies among major food safety agencies. The full report and Dr. Levi's congressional testimony on the Food Protection Plan are available on TFAH's Web site at www.healthyamericans.org.
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