by Marion Nestle
Nov 11 2008
GAO says Obama should fix food safety
The Government Accountability Office says fixing the food safety system should be a high priority for the new administration. Specifically, it asks the new President to:
- Reconvene the President’s Council on Food Safety right away, and develop longer term structures to promote interagency coordination on food safety.
- Develop a “governmentwide performance plan” for agencies to ensure that goals are complementary and resource allocations are balanced.
- Encourage Congress to assign the National Academy of Sciences to analyze alternative food safety organizational structures.
- Encourage Congress to pass “comprehensive, uniform, and risk-based food safety legislation.”