Should FDA be an independent agency? – Marion Nestle

Take note of nutritionist, author and academic Marion Nestle’s post on the FDA today:

The FDA is a public health agency housed in the health department.

BUT: it gets its congressional funding from House and Senate Agricultural committees.

Reports Nestle:

“A couple of weeks ago, Politico reported that six former commissioners of the FDA agreed that this agency needed to become independent of its present location in government.

The FDA is presently one of eight agencies in the Public Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The former commisioners think the FDA would be better off having

either Cabinet-level powers or the autonomy of agencies like the Federal Trade Commission or the Securities and Exchange Commission. They argued that the FDA, which regulates more than a quarter of the economy and deals with critical food and drug safety, is harmed by bureaucracy, meddling politicians and confusing budgetary lines in Congress.

Politico quotes former commissioner David Kessler: “‘The micromanagement from on top has probably gotten to the point where an independent agency is necessary.'”

Read Nestle’s post in full at FoodPolitics.com.

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