FDA, state stretched thin in inspecting food

The FDA's Science Board recommended last year that the agency's budget should be nearly doubled – from about $1.9 billion to $3.7 billion. Hutt said the first step should be to double the number of food inspectors.

Whatever the response, experts say, there needs to be action.

"We need more testing for food safety and more intervention," said Mindy Brashears, associate professor of food microbiology and safety at Texas Tech University.

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