The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The inspector who never came

Jun 16, 2008

Salmonella, a dangerous bacteria, has spread via tomatoes through 17 states, sickening at least 167 people.

This problem is not new. Remember salmonella in the peanut butter? Taco Bell? E-coli in the spinach?

Congress and the White House blame the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responsible for the safety of 80% of our food, including fruits and vegetables.

The FDA claims it is short of staff, funds and doesn’t even have a computer system able to handle all the data.

Why has the FDA lacked funding, inspectors and leadership? Congress and the White House just have to look in the mirror.