Is the FDA Capable of Policing the Food Supply?

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Three people were killed by contaminated spinach from California this year, and hundreds more were sickened before the FDA ordered a recall.  Not only did the Food and Drug Administration know about problems with spinach, it was also aware of problems with contaminated peanut butter. In both cases—before high profile recalls.  A report in today's Washington Post raises questions about the FDA and its ability to protect America's food supply.  Mark McClellan, senior fellow at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, is a former commissioner of the FDA.



  • Mark McClellan - Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration


Warren Olney