Report recommends change in food inspection

State, local authorities should take over

A new study says food inspection should be done by state and local authorities, according to a report in the DesMoines Register. The National Academy of Sciences' study by scientists and industry experts recommends the FDA set standards and conduct audits, and focus efforts only on at-risk foods.

The Senate will soon vote on legislation to increase oversight and safety regulation by the FDA. While the FDA regulates 80% of the food supply, it has a fraction of inspectors compared to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates meat and poultry. 

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