Is America’s Food Safety System at Risk for a Terrorist Attack?

Is America's Food Safety System at Risk for a Terrorist Attack?from According to the Government Accountability Office, the United States’ food supply isn’t prepared for a major disaster. Its 2012 Annual Report, Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue, says that the food safety system is: fragmented and results in inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and inefficient use of resources. This report repeats what the GAO has been saying since the early 1990s: there is no centralized coordination to oversee the federal government’s overall progress in implementing the nation’s food and agriculture defense policy. Because the responsibilities outlined in this policy (HSPD-9) are fragmented and cut across at least nine different agencies, centralized oversight is important to ensure that efforts are coordinated to overcome this fragmentation, efficiently use scarce funds, and promote the overall effectiveness of the federal government

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