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April 20, 2009

State Food Inspections Vary Significantly

A New York Times article by Gardiner Harris points out the significant variances in state food inspection.  The article notes that while Congress and the Obama administration have noted the need for new food production rules and more inspections, less attention has been paid to fixing the existing fractured system of food inspection.   At this point, "uncovering which foods have been contaminated is left to a patchwork of more than 3,000 federal, state and local health departments that are, for the most part, poorly financed, poorly trained and disconnected," according to health officials.  Minnesota is singled out for the diligence of its health department's surveillance system.

MKS

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