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assigned to the USDA — to promote American agriculture and to police it — are incompatible. The nation’s other leading food safety agency,
the FDA, spends much of its budget regulating prescription drugs. An American food processor can expect a visit from an FDA inspector, on
average, once every ten years. The new food safety agency should be given the power to track commodities throughout the production cycle,
from their origin on ranches and farms to their sale at restaurants and supermarkets. At the moment, the nation’s roughly 200,000 fast food
restaurants are not subject to any oversight by federal health authorities. The war on foodborne pathogens deserves the sort of national
attention and resources that has been devoted to the war on drugs. Far more Americans are severely harmed every year by food poisoning
than by illegal drug use. And the harms caused by food poisoning are usually inadvertent and unanticipated. People who smoke crack know
the potential dangers; most people who eat hamburgers don’t. Eating in the...
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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