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FDA commissioner says agency needs more authority

• The Associated Press

Massive egg recall dramatizes need for agency to have greater regulatory authority

Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg said Monday her agency is limited by law to a mostly reactive stance on food safety and argued that it needs a more "preventive approach."

Giving a series of network interviews in the wake of the egg and salmonella breakout, Hamburg said the FDA is taking the issue "very, very seriously." At the same time, she said Congress should pass pending legislation that would provide her agency with greater enforcement power, including new authority over imported food.

"We need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable," Hamburg said as she discussed the approximately 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning and the recall of roughly a half-billion eggs from two Iowa egg distributors.

She also had some practical advice for consumers: Reject over-easy eggs. She said that as federal investigators continue their work with the companies involved, consumers should strictly avoid "runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast."


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Comment by Robert Dunn
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Dear mother of God. Thats all we need. More authority from a government branch who has all but pulled a Kivorkian on the entire american society. Their track record alone (and statistics of their own) dictates that the agency has been a dismal failure from it's inception with their pockets being lined from big Agra. But i'm sure i'm not stating anything new here.

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