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FDA says it needs more money for FSMA

05/23/2013 03:37:00 PM
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Agency applauds produce industry traceability efforts

Traceability mandates will also be impossible to meet without more money, according to the FDA report.

“FDA cannot be in the position of requiring or approving a specific tracing system or systems,” according to the report. “The produce industry has appropriately taken a leadership role with instituting several initiatives to improve tracing produce through the supply chain; however, there is inconsistent adoption by industry.”

Those initiatives have improved response times during produce-related outbreaks, according to the report, but data collected during outbreaks cannot be used efficiently because of antiquated information technology at the federal, state and local levels.

“Significant challenges exist in tracing produce and other foods in an outbreak,” according to the report. “There are several reasons for this including drastic cuts in state and local budgets.”

Even if the FDA and state and local agencies had enough money for current technology, there are other roadblocks.

“FDA is limited by statute in its ability to share certain types of information even with our state and local partners. … legislative changes to our ability to share critical information during an emergency may be necessary” the report states.

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Mark Seitz    
North Carolina  |  May, 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Imagine that... an unfunded 'mandate' from Washington.

GA  |  May, 24, 2013 at 07:55 PM

I hope they don't plan to just cut out the inspections of imports while continuing to torture those of us who have never poisoned anyone! That would be so typical.

AZ  |  May, 28, 2013 at 05:32 PM

Wayve, Import inspections are running along just fine. The insinuation about imports killing people versus domestically-grown goods makes no sense. Think before you speak, assuming you have the necessary hardware to do so.

J Parker    
California  |  June, 01, 2013 at 01:31 AM

Oh, Michael Taylor, former Vice President for Public Policy at MONSANTO wants more money for the FDA to NOT do its job? I suppose they need this funding to shove more GMOs down our throats.

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