by Ian Froeb
"This is not unlike preventative medicine," [Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt] said at a press briefing. "Prevention, intervention and response. That's what we do in health care. It's time we do the same in import safety."
Several critics immediately assailed the report as short on specifics, like the staffing levels of inspectors in federal agencies and the costs of creating a risk-based import surveillance system.
(Check out our coverage of Leavitt's visit to an area Schnucks right here.)
On the subject of food safety: China's not the only country getting tough. The head of a British meat processing firm has been sentenced to jail after his firm was found to be the source of a fatal e. coli outbreak. (Food Production Daily.com)