Article in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Advocate, regarding food safety in the US.  Various government agencies have responsibilities over the food system in this country, including the FDA and the USDA.  These agancies are underfunded and understaffed and can’t handle the task of ensuring a safe food supply. 

Critics say that having “food police” responsibilities spread out over multiple government agencies, who sometimes don’t have the power to actually do anything if they find out about tainted food, creates the problems we have seen recently: huge recalls, people sickened by contaminated food, etc.  One option is to consolidate power in one agency.  Congress will take that up in the months to come.  If nothing happens soon, I can change the name of the blog to Tort Burger – Hold the Tainted Beef.  I like the ring of that…  

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