The new food safety law will add oversight responsibilities of about 100,000 farms to the FDA, Gombas said.
“You are going to need some way of enforcing a regulation that covers those 100,000 (farms),” he said.
Congress should address the discrepancy between how the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service is funded compared with the FDA, Gombas said. Among other foods, the FSIS polices meat products; the FDA handles food safety issues for fruits and vegetables.
“FDA should be getting a much larger share of the pie,” he said. “The reality is that if Congress wants the FDA to regulate all these different foods, they need to give them the resources to do it.”