The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show.
Overwhelmed by huge growth in the number of food processors and imports, however, the agency took only limited steps to address the problems and relied on producers to police themselves, according to agency documents.
Congressional critics and consumer advocates said both episodes show that the agency is incapable of adequately protecting the safety of the food supply.
In 8 years, the FDA, which used to ensure the US food supply was safe, has been turned into an industry lap dog committed to delivering profits at the expense of public safety. Be sure to write your congressman and presidential candidates, and put this issue on the table. It's another winner for democrats and another perfect example of the republican parties commitment to corporate profits at public expense.