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The Food and Drug Administration is so understaffed that, at its current pace, the agency would need at least 27 years to inspect every foreign medical device plant that exports to the United States, 13 years to check every foreign drug plant and 1,900 years to examine every foreign food plant, according to government investigators.

This stunning opener was the start of an article in today’s New York Times outlining how the FDA is at a breaking point between the services it is supposed to provide and those it actually can provide. This comes as Congress has announced the investigation of FDA officials for failure to properly inspect a product now on the marketplace. (more…)

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The US Deprtment of Agriculture has asked that US farmers keep their cloned food off the market despite a ruling by the FDA that the food was safe. Citing concerns over public opinion and US trade relations with other countries who are less sure about cloned food products the USDA is calling for a voluntary moratorium. Although, as we reported yesterday and the Washington Post got around to reporting today the food is likely already in the marketplace. (more…)

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The FDA has approved the sale of cloned milk and meat in the general marketplace. The next battle on this issue will be over whether or not to label these foods, as consumers tend to shy away from cloned food when asked and companies who support organic, mother-nature based products want to know before they use the cattle. However, the FDA and the companies who produce the clones find this unnecessary – shocking. But that’s only part of it, some food experts think cloned food is already in the marketplace. (more…)

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Both the EU and the US took steps toward allowing meat and milk from cloned animals into the marketplace this week. The FDA could give it’s final ruling on the issue as early as next week. The EU body which is required to take ethical and social considerations into account, (unlike the FDA, obviously if black box drugs are any indication) is expected to come to a decision on approving the sale soon. (more…)

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