President Obama Signs Landmark Food Safety Bill. But...

Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
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Are you willing to pay extra for assurance that the egg won't poison you? (Photo: Reuters Pictures).

... he may have a hard time getting the new GOP-dominated House of Representatives to give him the money he needs to enforce its tough new provisions.

The massive price tag for the new bill—which gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new mandatory recall authority to help curb the spread of foodborne illness, authorizes more inspections, and creates new hazard prevention plans—is estimated at around $1.4 billion. 

The GOP is signaling that it may balk at forking over the dough, even for the most dramatic overhaul of food-safety rules in more than seven decades.

The Republicans, it seems, believe that the threat of foodborne illness has been overblown, and the risks do not justify the bill's price tag.

Bloomberg News had this from GOP Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, who is in line to lead the panel that oversees the FDA:

“There’s a high possibility of trimming this whole package back,” Kingston said yesterday in a telephone interview. “While it’s a great re-election tool to terrify people into thinking that the food they’re eating is unsafe and unsanitary, and if not for the wonderful nanny-state politicians we’d be getting sick after every meal, the system we have is doing a darn good job.”

So what is the FDA supposed to do? Turns out, the FDA can still promote increased food safety despite the fireworks going off on Capitol Hill. Marion Nestle over at The Atlantic hopes that the FDA gets a jump on some of the things it can already do regardless of the funding fight, such as issuing more guidelines and establish preliminary rules.

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