Congresswoman: New FDA Looks Much Like Old Model

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

A key lawmaker says she doubts the Food and Drug Administration can make good on its promise to improve food safety.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro is pressing the agency's new acting commissioner for a specific plan that identifies foods most at risk and develops performance standards. Acting Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein presented a 2010 budget proposal Thursday calling for a big funding increase and new industry user fees to pay for more food safety inspections.

But DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who heads the panel that supervises FDA's budget, said there weren't enough specifics. She said, "A lot sounds to me like buzz words from a past administration."

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