USA: Food administration consolidation on the cards?
After the terrorist attacks of 11 September, the US General Accounting Office told Congress that it is more imperative than ever to consolidate food inspection agencies in order to counter the potential threat of bio-terrorism. Consumer advocacy groups and supermarket firms agreed that consolidation is imperative, and six months on, Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge says the Bush administration is seriously mulling the creation of a single federal agency responsible for bio-security.
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