16 Feb '12, 12pm

Obama's Proposed 2013 Budget Cuts Produce Safety Testing by the USDA

Obama's Proposed 2013 Budget Cuts Produce Safety Testing by the USDA

This past summer, the USDA's Microbiological Data Program (MDP) was the agency that ordered cilantro and bagged spinach that had tested positive for salmonella to be removed from grocery store shelves. It also forced a recall of lettuce that had tested positive for E. coli, and started testing cantaloupe regularly for Listeria after an outbreak that left 13 people dead. As part of President Obama's 2013 budget, this program will be shut down. Rationale for Ending the USDA's Produce Safety Testing Program In an Associated Press story about this proposed cut from the budget , White House Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman Meg Reilly said that the decision was made because the program, which tests domestically-grown produce, had limited impact. More interesting (to me, at least) she also said that the USDA believed that the program just didn't fit in with its Agricul...

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