The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing the safety of nearly 80% of the country's food supply. Unfortunately they have insufficient manpower, insufficient funding and are reactive to crises rather than focused on preventing future outbreaks of E. Coli. and other food-borne illness.

A new report from the Institute of Medicine opines that the FDA would be better off using its limited resources more efficiently  in a preventative anticipation of future food-based disease outbreaks.

The report also authored by the National Research Council, suggests a more narrow and intensive focus on foods that are at the greatest risk for E. Coli and other food-borne illnesses would be more effective than simply reacting to problems once they have already occurred. http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/e-coli-and-food-safety.cfm 
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