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FDA lacks funding to enforce food safety laws

The New York Times (8/23, Neuman, Subscription Publication) reports, "The landmark food safety law passed by Congress last December is supposed to reduce the frequency and severity of food safety problems, but the roll call of recent cases underlines the magnitude of the task." The Times says the FDA "is taking on the expanded mission at a time when Washington budget-slashing means that regulators have little hope of getting additional money and may instead have their budgets cut by Congress." Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods, says, "We have to have the resources to implement this law. The stark choice is we either find the resources or we forgo implementing this law the way Congress intended."

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