After reading this document from the FDA’s own site, it becomes apparent that the FDA cannot and will not be able to protect the nation’s food supply, nor be able to adequately regulate any new science:
3.3.2 Finding: The FDA lacks the information science capability and information infrastructure to fulfill its regulatory mandate.
3.3.3 Finding: The FDA cannot provide the information infrastructure support to regulate products based on new science.
Read on and download the report at the bottom of the page:
“In December 2006, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD requested that the Science Board, which is the Advisory Board to the Commissioner, form a Subcommittee to assess whether science2 and technology at the FDA can support current and future regulatory needs. Specifically, the Subcommittee’s charge was to identify the broad categories of scientific and technologic capacities that FDA needs to fully support its core regulatory functions and decision making throughout the product life cycle, today and during the next decade. The Science and Technology Subcommittee of the FDA Science Board (hereafter called the Subcommittee) was composed of three members of the Science Board and other experts representing industry, academia and other government agencies, and included individuals with extensive knowledge of cutting-edge research. Most importantly, these experts possess a deep understanding of regulatory science and the core mission of the Agency3. This report is the product of that assessment.”
“The Subcommittee concluded that science at the FDA is in a precarious position: the Agency suffers from serious scientific deficiencies and is not positioned to meet current or emerging regulatory responsibilities.”
FDA Science and Mission at Risk
Report of the Subcommittee on Science and Technology
Link to the report on the FDA site: