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FDA Tries to Catch Up on Food Safety

Rebecca Voelker
JAMA. 2010;303(18):1797. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.577.
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When she presented her agency's proposed budget to a US Senate subcommittee in early March, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, described an ambitious food safety agenda. Hundreds of new personnel, including 132 food inspectors who would conduct 1900 domestic food safety inspections and 150 foreign food inspections annually, are part of the plan.

The US Food and Drug Administration's new food safety initiative focuses on preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. Peanut butter, fresh spinach, and peppered salami have been implicated in recent outbreaks.

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The US Food and Drug Administration's new food safety initiative focuses on preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. Peanut butter, fresh spinach, and peppered salami have been implicated in recent outbreaks.

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