A significant percentage of employees from the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department surveyed on food safety said political and corporate influence is threatening public health, according to poll results released on Monday.
According to the survey, 31 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the presence of top agency leaders who came from the food industry inappropriately influenced food safety decision-making. Employees also reported interference from leadership within their agencies. Twenty-three percent of respondents said they received requests at least once from agency decision-makers to "inappropriately exclude or alter technical information or conclusions in an agency scientific document."
As John, one commenter on the article, said, "A chicken for every pot and a food inspector for every chicken, I say." Which, actually may be a bit much because that's a lot of food inspectors when you think about it...but I would SO love to see this hit mainstream media.