• Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

Obama Targets FDA

2 February 2009 3:26 pm

It's expected that the Obama Administration will nominate one of several big critics of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to run the beleaguered agency. Yesterday, the president signaled in a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that he is prepared to give the next FDA head wide berth in fixing things:

MATT LAUER: There’s been a massive peanut butter products recall in this country over the last several weeks. Most of the products track—trace to one plant down in Georgia that has a bit of a history of sending out products even though there have been traces of salmonella found.

The question—the obvious question people want to know, is the FDA doing its job?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch. And so we’re going to be doing a complete review of FDA operations. I don’t want to prejudge this particular case, but there have been enough instances over the last several years--and at bare minimum we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter.


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