Obama calls food safety system a 'hazard to public health'
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Obama said that the FDA was able to make inspections at only 5% of the nation's 150,000 food processing premises after recent understaffing and underfunding at the agency. He added that outbreaks of food contamination have increased from 100 a year in the early 1990s to about 350 a year today.
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"That is a hazard to public health. It is unacceptable. And it will change under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Hamburg," Obama promised.
The president has also suggested an additional US$1 billion in the country's 2010 budget for extra inspectors and improved laboratories for the FDA.
See also 
Food and Drug Administration on Wikipedia.
- "Obama warns of US food 'hazard'" — , March 14, 2009
- Darlene Superville. "Obama: Food safety system a health 'hazard'" — , March 14, 2009
- Dan Eggen. "Obama Seeks to Improve Food Safety" — , March 14, 2009
- "President Barack Obama Announces Key FDA Appointments and Tougher Food Safety Measures" — , March 14, 2009