2012 May Be Even Worse

October 28, 2011

28 are dead from Listeria in cantaloupes, 42 sick from Salmonella in pine nuts, E. coli incidents in several states and yet Congress has budgeted 6.5% less for food safety.  The combined 2012 budget for the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Agency and Food Safety at the FDA is $1.72 Billion down from $1.84 Billion for this year.

 Congress was able to find $2 Billion to fund a robot to rove the surface of Mars but with food safety issues on the rise they make what they consider prudent budget cuts.