The authors of an editorial in the Washington Post made some points about how to make our nation’s food safety system more efficient and therefore, make our food safer.
In the editorial, they suggest that Congress should provide money to increase inspection staffing and inspection frequency at the FDA. Other suggestions include lawmakers requiring agencies responsible for food safety to institute a tracing system for food produced in the United States, and Congress giving the FDA the power to issue mandatory recalls of any tainted produce.
The article also mentions legislation that was introduced that would require food producers to establish steps so their products could be traced before they reach consumers. The bill also calls for the creation of a single federal agency with responsibility for monitoring the safety of all foods.