Minnesota congressman comes down on on FDA


U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-7th District) says he would like to see responsibility for the nation's food safety shift from the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Agriculture.

As reported in the Bemidji Pioneer, Peterson says the FDA is not equipped to handle incidents such as the recent salmonella outbreak. The agency is also unable to prevent outbreaks from happening in the future.

The congressman, who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture, told the paper he would raise the issue before the committee in upcoming weeks.

Currently, USDA regulates just meat and fish. The FDA oversees everything else.

With the new report of potatoes being recalled by a Minneapolis-based company after testing positive for the presence of Listeria bacteria, time is most definitely of the essence.