Star Tribune: Editorial: Food Safety Demands a Fresh Approach

Star Tribune: Editorial: Food Safety Demands a Fresh Approach

Troubled by the tainted tomato scare, nearly half of Americans are concerned they may get sick from eating contaminated food and are avoiding items they normally would buy, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll has found.

As investigators comb tomato farms to pinpoint the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 225 people, the fingerpointing on Capitol Hill and elsewhere is fast and furious.

President Bush abruptly proposed yesterday a significant increase in government funding to ensure the safety of food and drug imports.

The Food and Drug Administration has finally acknowledged that it needs more resources to protect consumers from tainted food and drugs.

A bipartisan group of legislators is concerned that a draft bill overhauling the Food and Drug Administration could cripple the agency by imposing a vast new workload.

Facing congressional demands to expand overseas inspections, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner said the agency needs an extra $275 million to help ensure the safety of foods, drugs and medical devices.

Democrats seeking to boost funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found support Thursday from a key federal employees union.

The current system that guarantees the safety of food in the United States is in a state of crisis, a new report finds.

A food safety bill introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives would give federal leaders much stronger oversight of the nation''s food supply, and it''s being met with praise from agricultural trade groups.

Grocery and food producers told lawmakers yesterday that a proposal to impose fees to fund more safety oversight would amount to a $1 billion new tax on the industry that would raise prices for consumers.