Health advocacy group decries Obama administration’s stonewalling on food industry regulation
Recent reports have revealed the Obama administration’s hostility to regulations that cut into the profitability of the food industry. The Food Modernization and Safety Act (FMSA), a bill passed in January of 2011 by the Obama administration in response to a string of food recalls, has remained effectively a dead letter on the White House’s budgeting table.
Citing media outlets at the time, the act was to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “sweeping” new authority over the food industry, including the subjection of 360,000 production and importing facilities to a $500 registration fee, partially covering the cost of the bill. Additionally, an increased number of inspections of facilities as well as higher safety standards would be implemented. The act itself was a response to numerous deregulatory measures put in place over the years, resulting in an increasing number of food sickness cases in the recent period.
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