United-PMA and USDA-FDA: shotgun weddings? - The Packer

United-PMA and USDA-FDA: shotgun weddings?

01/16/2012 08:23:00 AM
Tom Karst

This is redundant and inefficient. Small businesses often face a maze of agencies when looking for even the most basic answers to the most basic questions. There is a whole host of websites, toll-free numbers and customer service centers that at times offer them differing advice. The result is a system that is not working for our small businesses.  

The President is proposing to consolidate those six departments and agencies into one Department with one website, one phone number and one mission – helping American businesses succeed.

TK: Now if a Republican had proposed this, most folks would think it would be a good idea. As it is, President Obama has a hard time selling himself as the strict caretaker of America's fiscal restraint and promoter of  business-friendly bureaucracy.   Veteran journalist Jerry Hagstrom has also reported that the White House would be anxious to use this coveted authority to create a single federal food safety authority. Melding the USDA and FDA food safety oversight into one agency has been too tough to accomplish in Congress, so the White House is looking for an end-around. The clash of cultures would be too great for the plan to succeed, Dr. Richard Raymond ( a former USDA official, by the way) argues in this opinion piece at Food Safety News.

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