Food safety suffering from funding cuts
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12/16/2008-The Trust for
“The economic crisis could result in a serious rollback of the progress we’ve made since Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina to better prepare the nation for emergencies,” said Jeff Levi, Executive Director of TFAH. “The 25% cut in federal support to protect Americans from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism is already hurting state response capabilities.”
Some 2008 health emergencies included the Salmonella outbreak in jalapeno
and Serrano peppers and the largest beef recall in history, which occurred in
Feb. The report stated that
The report concluded with suggested food safety reforms to make the
1. Unified and prevention-oriented statutory mandate and organizational structures.
2. Increased resources for research, standard-setting, inspection, enforcement, and education.
3. Risk-based resource allocation.
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