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Possible FDA Head: More Staff Needed to Inspect Food


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: FDA, government, food, drugs, death, safety, illness, protection )

Dee
- 2013 days ago - newsday.com
The Food and Drug Administration is not staffed to handle the growing complexity of food inspection, especially now that a significant amount comes from abroad and is never inspected, a leading candidate to head the embattled agency said Wednesday.



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Tony Isaacs (40)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 8:43 pm
The problem with the FDA is that it is a tool of the big pharma companies and monied interests and serves as a protection racket to suppress competition from vitamins, minerals and natural supplements while going all out to leave profitable drugs and other substances on the market as long as possible regardless of the effect on our health. Vioxx, aspartame, avandia, fosamax . . . the list goes on an on. Is it any surprise that in any given year 50% or more of the top managers who work for the FDA and leave end up employed by the companies they are supposed to oversee?
 

Wolf Eldridge (26)
Monday January 26, 2009, 12:29 am
You are so right on the money there Tony.

The FDA has been a joke for so long now...and the joke has been on the U.S. citizens it allegedly strives to protect! So what, one might ask does this department actually do?? Protect their private interests, which include ensuring there is no cure for any and all illnesses which plague the American people by simply serving as cold-blooded, money grubbing "gate keepers".

Any and every drug that is brought before "the Board" for approval must meet a certain criteria in over to meet FDA approval. Here are a couple of examples:

#1, those who desire to have their medication approved must provide to the FDA the money required for the medication to be passed - and wow is this a hefty package of pay-off!

#2, Any drugs brought before "the Board" must be in the form of "Treatment" for a proposed illness. Any proposed medication suggesting "Cure" somehow just doesn't pass the criteria required for "FDA approval".

Now why do you suppose there has not been a cure developed to cure Cancer, HIV, or any other life threatening illnesses since Joseph Salk developed the vaccine for Polio in 1955?? With all the developments in medical technology... nothing but treatments for life-threatening illnesses?? for 54 years??

The reason for this is quite simple. The money is in the repeated treatments. Cure a debilitating and/or deadly illness, and it's done. Treat the illness, and the patient comes back for more, along with the money for expensive treatments. Nuff said?

But what does the greed of the medical industry have to do with this? It's called "vested interest". I prefer to call the FDA by a more appropriate name "The Federal Physicians Union".

I could go on and on about this, but instead, I will shed a bit of life at the end of a dark and corrupt tunnel, which should give a clear and present reason to investigate corruption within the FDA, as well as give further in-sight into what the Obama administration was referring to as "Health Care Reform": http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-07-00730.pdf

Thanks Tony.

 

Pamylle G. (461)
Monday January 26, 2009, 7:29 am
Of course we need more inspectors. I remember when the number of meat inspectors were cut while then-President Reagan ate high-quality organic beef !

By the way, I agree that the FDA is a mixed bag, at best. It needs a divorce from Big Pharm and other corporate interests.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday January 31, 2009, 7:05 pm


FDA = Failure to Do Anything



Say, do you suppose it would be economic stimulus if we hired and trained a whole bunch of food and drug manufacturing inspectors?
 

Dee C. (23)
Saturday January 31, 2009, 9:07 pm
Let's just hope President Obama keeps his word on his promise to ensure safety in our food..

Thank you all for the great comments and notes on this..The FDA is long over-do for a real change..
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:05 pm
Just got a '404' page, couldn't get the last Care2 'from the web' page either...

In any event, it's nice that someone considered to head the FDA actually feels that food safety inspections would be a nice thing for the agency to do.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:53 pm
I wrote to the White House(and I hope others will as well) to replace the Commisioner(head) of the FDA. His clear and overt "in bed with" policy with Monsanto is all too obvious even for someone only remotely interested in the labeling of GMO's. In California the No on Prop 37(labeling GMO's) sponsored by Monsanto and Dow Chemical even went so far as to make the actual claim(televised) the FDA supported their position. That pretty much says it all for me.
 

lisa O. (6)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:03 am
Link does not work.
 

Vita Pagh (36)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 2:49 pm
Yes, this is an important step!...
 

Georgeta Trandafir (33)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 6:03 am
noted
 

Andrea W. (39)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 12:43 pm
We certainly need better food regulation and inspection, but the FDA as it presently stands is defective. When you have staff coming from Monsanto and a close relationship with the chemical and meat industries that put profit margins above human health, the environment and animal welfare, you know the system we have is fatally flawed and needs a serious overhaul.
 

Kamia T. (66)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 11:56 am
Oh puhleeze! Most of the people populating the FDA come from Big Pharma, Big Ag or Big Corporate America, where they all pander to those interests above the valid concerns of everyday citizens. Yeah, sure, let's spend MORE of our taxpayer dollars on helping slant the outcomes of stuff. No thanks. I'm not sure we'd be any worse off if the FDA disappeared.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 8:32 am
We need to do more
 
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