A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
Seventy-five members of Congress, including Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, are asking the Food and Drug Administration to allow further comment on sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business.
New food safety regulations are about to be announced by the Food and Drug Administration. These regulations—covering everything from sanitation to record-keeping—are part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which became law two years ago. While the produce and meat industries get the lion’s share of attention, commodity grains now fall under the FDA’s watch.
Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (“The food is awful, and the portions are so small!”), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and they’re leaving lunch hungry.
Many Missouri hospitals are reporting shortages of necessary pharmaceutical drugs. The Missouri Hospital Association says such shortages are keeping hospitals from effectively delivering care in a safe and timely way to its patients.