Coburn blocks food safety, wants to deny FDA right to recall dangerous food

Once again, the GOP shows how little it cares about people other than corporate interests. It’s laughable to suggest that the FDA is a troubled agency, since it was the GOP who created those problems in the first place. They have denied the agencies ability to issue food recalls, instead relying on the classic Republican lie that self-regulation works. It doesn’t, as we know from Wall Street to food. The FDA has been one of the more improved agencies during Obama’s term and they’re pushing for more corporate responsibility. If there’s one thing the Republicans hate, it’s corporate responsibility.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the bill, which has stalled in the Senate for more than a year, adds to the deficit and expands the power of an already troubled agency.

Advocates for the bill say it is crucial to strengthen the nation’s toothless food safety oversight and would help prevent large outbreaks of tainted food.

Coburn’s office said Wednesday the senator will object to bringing up the bill if his concerns aren’t addressed. His objections are a major blow to supporters’ chances of passing the legislation this year.


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