Thanks to Sequesters, so much for increased inspections and Food Safety.
Today’s post is by Ron Southard, President & CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.
In a recent post titled “The stalemate in Washington resulting in spending cuts could literally make you SICK” I suggested that furloughs for food-safety inspectors were not a good idea. Well instead of just furloughs the FDA has decided to reduce total food-safety inspections by about 18% or $209M. That will result in 2100 fewer inspections according to an article in the April 25, 2013 issue of USA TODAY by Liz Szabo titled FOOD SAFETY, DRUG REVIEWS ‘COMPROMISED’. The article goes on to indicate that these cuts will also delay the implementation of the 2011 FOOD SAFETY MDERNIZATION ACT according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. What the heck, we’ve only been waiting since (let’s see) 2011. No big thing right? It’s just our nation’s health that’s at risk.
Of course in this case they don’t even tell us how many food inspectors this will impact or if the count is still the 8,400 it used to be. I assume we could back into the number, but as the USA TODAY article points out, the FDA currently inspects less than 2% of all food imports anyway.
I’ll tell you as entrepreneurs, our new businesses cannot take this long to implement change when it presents itself or when legal requirements dictate. If they did, they would go out of business. There certainly is no question that many of the politicians we have in Washington continue to be the wrong people.
Food Safety continues to be a huge issue in this country and around the globe. Businesses require nothing more than 100% support of their governments in order to reduce the impact of food borne illness. Do something.
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