Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and the author of several books on food safety, writes a column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her latest column looks at the tasks facing Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next administrator of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here’s Nestle’s quick take on why reform is urgently needed:
The safety scandals of the past few years – spinach, pet food, peanut butter, and now pistachios – revealed profound weaknesses in the ability of the FDA to protect public health. Polls say nearly 75 percent of Americans are more afraid of food than they are of terrorists.