Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama Begins to Overhaul Food Safety

President plans to overhaul food safety by creating a Food Safety Working Group. He also plans to make changes to other agencies (including the FDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service of the USDA).

This overhaul is badly needed as experts estimate 76 million sicknesses and 5000 deaths every year from contaminated food. An economic upside to this overhaul is the creation of jobs. The downside to the overhaul is the approximate cost of $1.9 billion annually.

Obama also appointed a new FDA chief, Dr. Margaret Hamburg. For more information, go to:

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