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Unformatted text preview: in the United States are responsible for food safety, and twenty-eight congressional committees
oversee them. The welter of competing bureaucracies leads to confusion, gaps in enforcement, and numerous food safety absurdities. The
USDA has the power to conduct microbial tests on cattle that have already been slaughtered, but cannot test live cattle in order to keep
infected animals out of slaughterhouses. The manufacture of frozen cheese pizzas is regulated by the FDA, but if a pizza has pepperoni on it,
the USDA has food safety jurisdiction. Eggs are regulated by the FDA, but chickens are regulated by the USDA, and a lack of cooperation
between the two agencies has hampered efforts to reduce the levels of Salmonella in American eggs. Salmonella has been almost entirely
eliminated from Swedish and Dutch eggs. Every year in the United States, however, more than half a million people become ill after eating
eggs contaminated with Salmonella, and more than 300 people die.
Congress should create a single food safety agency that has sufficient authority to protect the public heal...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08