Despite the cuts, we continue to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, our communities, our country and of people across the globe. It's our passion and what makes us feel so fortunate to do the work we do.
American public institutions have a long track record of keeping our food disease-free. Yet as this service is increasingly outsourced to for-profit corporations, it is leading to repeated oversight failures that have caused illness and even death.
While many worthy policies and programs need funding, it's hard to think of any more universally necessary than protecting our nation's food supply. The sequestration means, however, the FDA will be forced to reduce the number of inspections it conducts.