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Obama calls FDA to task

February 3, 2009 by  

Peanut butter is the latest food-related health scare botched by the FDAAdding his voice to the growing scandal surrounding a deadly salmonella outbreak, the president has criticized the Food and Drugs Administration for failing to do its job.

Barack Obama talked about the crisis involving tainted peanut butter during an NBC interview on Monday and was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to."

He also said he would order a "complete review" of the agency.

This will go some way towards meeting the demands of many consumer groups and industry associations who have been calling for its overhaul, according to the Washington Post.

"The FDA is supposed to be a watchdog for consumers, and for too long, this agency has been coming up short," Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union, told the AP.

Over the last few years, the authorities had to issue numerous food recalls including contaminated spinach, baby formula, and pet food.

The current salmonella outbreak which killed eight people and sickened more than 500 has resulted in hundreds of food items being recalled.

Officials traced the source of the outbreak to a Georgia peanut plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America.

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  • Paul Trood

    This group is corrupt at it’s core. I hope and pray Obama goes through it like a dose of salts!!!

  • s c

    Hope and prayer are always good. You are dealing with a politician. His first obligation is to get re-elected. I, too, hope he will do the “right” thing. However, understand that ‘right’ and ‘convenient’ get blurred fast in DC. The ‘right’ thing gets lost in the shuffle, and politicians tend to take care of themselves first (it’s convenient). IF the new pres CARES about America (no reason to believe it yet), he’ll go through the FDA with a figurative scalpel, make real science #1 at the FDA, and rid Congress of money-hungry pigs who know that tons of easy cash go to those who go through the motions of doing the ‘right’ thing, and choose to do that which is ‘convenient’ (especially politically convenient). Pray that this politician has
    at least a dollar’s worth of integrity. That would be a true CHANGE of pace in DC.

  • Willyg

    Let’s see… if DC controls our energy, the air, and our food ????
    Sorry I just don’t trust them any more. Sounds like not letting a crises go to waste AGAIN.

  • Lostwages

    How about this is the beginning of another part of ObamaCare unread rules? No more small farms, no more farmers markets, no growing your own food and giving it away to your friends and neighbors. It’s all part of the ObamaCare Bill. Here, where I live, we get guys on the street corners selling strawberries. I saw a police officer stopped at one of them, walking from his car to the stand with his ticket book in hand. Now I don’t know for sure what happened, but I’d bet it had something to do with a ticket for selling fruit! Do you like taking daily vitamins and using natural cures? Good luck, ObamaCare will be tiding up all of that too! It’s all to do with big corporate farms and big pharma, you know, some of the corporations that helped write ObamaCare! Willyg has the picture! Just wait and see, ObamaCare is coming to a town near you!


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