by Marion Nestle
Jul 19 2012

What’s holding up the new food safety regulations?

A full-page ad in Tuesday’s New York Times (July 17) alerts readers to the astonishing 18-month delay in issuing food safety rules authorized by the Food Safety Modernization Act passed by Congress at the end of 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sponsor of the ad, Make Our Food Safe, is a coalition of highly respected public health and advocacy groups working on food safety issues.

According to the New York Times report, they are baffled by the delay.

But the F.D.A. rules that are needed to carry out the law have been under review by the Office of Management and Budget in the White House since December, and consumer health advocates say there has been no explanation for what they describe as a lengthy delay.

….Before the rules become official, the F.D.A. still has to circulate them for public comment, adding more months to the process. The rules for importers were expected in January and for domestic food processors in July, advocates said.

Could the delay be due to election-year politics?  Advocates wonder if

Democrats may want to avoid the impression that government regulation is growing, a popular cause for attacks by Republicans.

The Office of Management and Budget denies this.

Moira Mack, a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget, said that the agency coordinates suggestions from many institutions across the federal government, and that it is not unusual for the review process to take months. A regulation last year on dangerous snakes, for example, took about 10 months to clear, she said.

Oh come on.  These rules are about protecting the public from dangerous microbes.  They need to move.

The Make Our Food Safe website makes it easy to write President Obama to release the FDA’s proposed rules.    Add your voice!

Comments

MOAR regulations!

This comment is unrelated to this post. I wonder what you think of the new campaign launched by Oxfam about food and justice?
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/campaigns/food-justice

  • annie
  • July 20, 2012
  • 7:24 am

personally, i’m glad it’s mired down….i think it was pork all along … i say less regulation and more common sense..

  • RR
  • July 20, 2012
  • 6:44 pm

As a federal employee, I am disheartened–but NOT surprised–at the delay. The entire rule-making process is full of unexplained delays of astonishing length. Feds regularly roll their eyes when mentioning the clearance process, but just accept it as is. I have no idea when or how the process became an insurmountable barrier to updating policy, but it is definitely a source of continuous frustration for those of us (technical experts, policy makers) in the agencies. I wish an advocacy organization could take on the cause/challenge of streamlining the entire process, across all rule topics!

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  • Jake
  • July 25, 2012
  • 12:49 pm

Definitely agree that we should eat less fast food as a country. I think the biggest reason most of us resort to fast food places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and the likes is that we don’t have time to get food anywhere else. There is a solution, though! Food Trucks! Food trucks serve better food, serve MUCH healthier food, at a cheaper price, and are just as quick getting the food to you. For those of you who have negative preconceptions of food trucks, give them a try, I bet you’re pleased. Oh, and for fellow New Yorkers, check out Foodtoeat.com, NYC’s new online ordering site that allows users to place orders for pick up from food trucks, saving even MORE time and saving you from standing on line! Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen, and stay away from all those nasty “burgers” and “fries.”

  • Timmy
  • August 27, 2012
  • 3:42 pm

I think it’s insane that were using radiation on food to supposedly protect us. It may be effective but it’s damaging our own health when we eat these radiated foods.

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