GOP Slashing Funds For Food Safety
7 months ago
Americans sick or dead from contaminated food has increased 44 percent in last two years.
Here's something to think about before you take a bite out of that apple.
A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group says the number of Americans who become sick or died from contaminated food increased 44 percent over the last two years.
Some your friendly GOP constituents are reportedly trying to defund efforts to curb salmonella outbreaks.
CNN reports that "In February, the president's budget requested $4.5 billion for the Food and Drug Administration. But budget proposals in both the Senate and the House fall below this target, coming in $600 (million) to $700 million below full funding, which the Office of Management and Budget has called 'harmful' to food safety regulations."
What's even scarier is that around two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables that Americans eat come from foreign food suppliers, while the FDA only inspected 153 of the 189,000 registered foreign food facilities.