I immediately downloaded the file, expecting it to contain an up-to-the-minute progress report – maybe even news as to the source of the Salmonella-contaminated tomatoes. To my chagrin, it was nothing more than a PR stunt.
This touted "update" is a combination text-and-cartoon description of the FDA's response to the tomato outbreak. The final stage in the investigation response?
FDA works with industry, states, foreign governments, and academia to prevent future outbreaks.Who does the agency think it's kidding? The nation's consumers, as well as the produce industry and state and local health agencies, are looking for substantive answers – not PR stunts like this "update" or the FDA Commissioner's weekly so-called blog, "Andy's Take".
It's time for FDA to get its priorities straight and focus on the nation's food safety problems. If it does so, FDA's image problems will solve themselves.