FDA Wants To Open A Field Office In China

The FDA tells Reuters that it wants permission to open a field office on China so it has some “boots on the ground.” Rather than inspecting food, this proposed FDA expansion team’s main function would be to lobby the Chinese government for more stringent regulations. Be still our beating heart.

From Reuters:

The FDA’s proposal for a China office appeared in U.S. President George W. Bush’s budget proposal for fiscal 2009, which was released on Monday.

It underscores the administration’s belief that it “cannot inspect its way” to safe food across the country. The FDA now inspects only a tiny share of the food under its authority.

Under the president’s budget proposal, FDA food safety spending at the FDA would grow by less than 10 percent, focusing on heading off problems with contaminated or otherwise unsafe food before it enters the marketplace.

FDA looks for “boots on the ground” in China [Reuters]


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  1. misstic says:

    Yeah, but are they “taking it very seriously”?

  2. ancientsociety says:

    Lol. So, essentially, we’ll be hiring pharmaceutical industry lobbyists, paying them with taxpayer dollars and have them “lobby” a foreign country rife with corruption to “do the right thing”.

    Awesome! So glad we fit that into the fiscal budget while simultaneaously cutting Medicaid benefits here at home….

  3. DrGirlfriend says:

    So this is where PR’s pharma jobs are going.

  4. Nighthawke says:

    The ChiComs would get their noses so bent out of shape over it, King George would have to make a trip over there to apologize in a effort to appease them.

  5. TMurphy says:

    The only way I can understand this doing any good is if the laws they lobby into legislation help them get into factories and their subcontractors and inspect better, so as to get American companies to cancel orders partway through when the learn their new toy has lead in it, instead of having to pull them off the shelves. A bigger threat of losing business is the only way I think Chinese companies would consider changing their practices. Stricter regulations won’t mean anything.

  6. royal72 says:

    four easy steps publishing presents: how to run american consumers like the herd of cattle they are (public opinion sold seperately)…

    (1) send team to china to help the poor slave laborers and more importantly, make sure there’s no more lead and ghb in our walmart toys.

    (2) drive up cost of products, because it’s now more expensive for the slave labor and materials.

    (3) public realization that you can’t make quality products for next to nothing without a lil cheating.

    (4) a new study suggests that our fears were a lil to hasty and that saving .00003 lives per million toys sold, really isn’t worth the expense. we’d rather have it cheap and bitch about it online.

    step and repeat.

  7. KJones says:

    Why take bribes in Washington where you might get caught when you can take bribes where “it’s just part of doing business”?

  8. G0lluM says:

    @KJones: My brain went in a different direction and thought, “Great front for CIA espionage.” But yours is a likely scenario as well…

  9. deadlizard says:

    Wouldn’t it be better just to produce our crap in our own country?

  10. clevershark says:

    It sounds like a bad joke —

    A: “We must open an office over there because we can’t inspect their stuff from here.”
    B: “So, you’re going to inspect their factories?”
    A: “No, what we’re going to do is sit there and tell them to do a better job inspecting their own goods.”
    B: “Why can’t you do that from here?”
    A: “We must open an office over there because we can’t inspect their stuff from here.”
    B: [head explodes]

  11. satoru says:

    @deadlizard: That line of thought is basically impossible. How would you grow enough tomatoes in the middle of February to supply the entire country? It’s not possible to do this. So unless you are willing to accept that you cannot get certain foods during certain parts of the year, we’re going to have to import them.

  12. thatgirlinnewyork says:

    @ancientsociety: Exactly. This is what the FDA did in Brussels, which basically resulted in snuffing the EU’s proposal that American health and beauty products be produced under the same standards/regulations (and lack of harmful ingredients) as European products. The growing U.S. campaign to place blame on the Chinese is, as usual, a way to obfuscate shenanigans in manufacturing what little we still do in the U.S.