Hamburg says FDA should be in preventive mode, not reactionary
I thought the FDA was intended to prevent contamination and bad food and bad drugs while promoting good things. According to Margaret Hamburg they were just mopping up.
Chicken farmers have been brutalizing the layers for a long time, and their products have been close behind, i.e. eggs are nestled in straw and excrement.
Providing a clean home and being nice to layers is a good start. Some will advance beyond egg-laying and will give their lives so that we can have Sunday dinner. Along the way, I hope that when their necks are rung that it happens swiftly and mercifully.
What’s that? Someone called out Muqtadā al-Ṣadr.
“FDA Wants More Authority
The Associated Press
Manufacturing.Net - August 23, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg said Monday her agency is limited by law to a mostly reactive stance on food safety and argued that it needs a more "preventive approach."
Giving a series of network interviews in the wake of the egg and salmonella breakout, Hamburg said the FDA is taking the issue "very, very seriously." At the same time, she said Congress should pass pending legislation that would provide her agency with greater enforcement power, including new authority over imported food.
"We need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable," Hamburg said as she discussed the approximately 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning and the recall of roughly a half-billion eggs from two Iowa egg distributors.
She also had some practical advice for consumers: Reject over-easy eggs. She said that as federal investigators continue their work with the companies involved, consumers should strictly avoid "runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast."
Two Iowa farms linked to the disease outbreak -- Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms -- share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business with a history of violating state and federal law.
The number of illnesses, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, is expected to increase. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever eight to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product.”