“It is a little disconcerting, but not totally surprising, that USDA felt a national strategy was not needed,” says Dr. Acheson. “Every food company has to manage food safety based on risk, FDA does the same, and FSMA clearly emphasizes that approach. USDA, on the other hand, has never been too keen on adopting a clear risk-based approach. If the White House were to look at optimal ways to manage food safety resources, they would support the need for a risk-based national strategy,” he says.
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