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October 1998 Issue

Food Safety: Small Step Taken, Giant Leap Needed

Kudos to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for recognizing that no one is in charge of food safety—but that someone should be. In a scathing report in late August, NAS denounced the current system, which has more than 12 federal agencies and 28 congressional committees overseeing the safety of the nation's food supply. Five days later, President Clinton responded by appointing an eight-member council to coordinate food safety plans and budgets among

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