Survey: Most would pay more for safer food


One thing I've never understood is how the Republicans get away with cutting funds for food inspection. Amazing how they manage to get what they want when the majority of the nation is dead opposite.

PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) -- Challenging conventional wisdom that most people want smaller government and less expensive food, a U.S. survey indicates most would pay more for safer food.

The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a poll by Hart Research and American Viewpoint that indicates 66 percent support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety.

Seventy-four percent feel it is worth a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in the cost of food to pay for new safety measures in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law this year. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed favor food companies paying an average annual fee of $1,000 to help cover the cost of new FDA food safety activities.

Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults say they worry a great deal about food being contaminated with bacteria that makes it unsafe to eat, while 85 percent say the government should be responsible for ensuring that food is safe to eat and 71 percent of voters say the FDA plays a very important or essential role in protecting Americans' health and safety.

  • That's great, but it's not an option for most people.

  • BL

     As I understand it, the Ryan budget also cuts the Federal Poison Control Centers beyond a level where they can function. And they actually save money. Is it small government or small brains??