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FDA commissioner endorses legislation to improve food safety.

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The Los Angeles Times (10/23, Zajac) reports, "Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Thursday strongly endorsed legislation that would give her agency new tools to improve food safety, but she warned that Congress still must find a way to pay for them if consumers are to benefit." The proposed "changes would require significant additional manpower and costly new computer systems, Hamburg told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee." Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) "urged the FDA to come up with cost estimates quickly because, he said, he didn’t want to pass a bill that would be undermined by inadequate funding."

The Wall Street Journal (10/23, A2, Zhang) reports that Hamburg said the bill needs to be stronger and give that agency more authority as well as funding, asking that the Senate’s bill more closely resemble that one that passed the House in July.