All those food safety fails this year? According to Grist contributor Tom Laskawy, we’re simply on the precipice of more struggle. Citing Barry Estabrook’s critique on the Food and Drug Administration, he highlights critical ways in which the agency has failed us, and why it will continue to do so if changes aren’t made.
The issue boils down to a serious lack of resources in money and manpower. The agency is currently spending only about one-tenth of the $10 billion that it is allotted. The one bright spot: A recently passed federal law endows the FDA with more authority, which it has already flexed when it shut down another problematic peanut-butter processing plant.