Americans favor added food safety funding

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — A poll commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 66% of the Americans surveyed support providing additional funding to the Food and Drug Administration to carry out the new responsibilities granted to the agency under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

“For too long the F.D.A., which is responsible for the safety of over 80% of the foods we eat, has not had adequate resources or power to protect Americans from dangers in the food supply,” said Erik Olson, who directs food programs for the Pew Health Group. “This poll reflects a strong belief that Americans are willing to pay more to ensure that the F.D.A. is protecting the safety of the food they put on their family’s dinner table.”

Survey respondents also responded favorably to many of the programs that are included in the Food Safety Modernization Act. For example, 90% said they favor requiring foreign countries that export food to the United States to certify that their requirements meet U.S. standards, and 86% support more F.D.A. inspections of food facilities.

The survey was conducted between April 28 and May 4, 2011, and included 1,015 likely voters.

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