One Vision for a Safe Food System

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The New York Times, in an editorial, "Food safety, one pistachio at a time," says "it is time to think seriously about establishing one federal agency to coordinate and enforce food-safety regulations." And Michael Taylor and Stephanie David of the George Washington University Department of Health Policy provide a major position paper arguing that food safety must be a joint effort among federal, state, and local health agencies to address risks across, "the farm-to-table spectrum of food production, processing, distribution, retailing, and home preparation." Let's hope Congress is listening as it ponders the various bills introduced to fix the FDA or fix the entire food safety system.

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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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