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USA Today reports this morning that agricultural authorities from Mexico have objected to the speed with which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that a Mexican pepper farm is responsible for the salmonella outbreak here that has sickened more than 1,200 people in 47 states.

In fact, Mexico is claiming that the water tank said to be responsible for the contamination had not been used in more than two months, and that the US does not have the “smoking gun” that it thinks it has.

Enrique Sanchez, director of Mexico's Farm Food Quality Service, “said the U.S. officials ‘totally lacked scientific evidence’ to make those statements and said they had broken a confidentiality agreement by announcing findings before their investigation is complete,” the paper writes. “"We're eating this same produce in Mexico and we haven't had any problems,’ Sanchez said.”

FDA already has made one blunder in the salmonella case – charging that tomatoes were the culprit and then finding out that they were not – but not before a recall cost the US tomato industry some $100 million.

KC's View:
Raise your hand if you think that the FDA may well have screwed this up yet again.

Raise your other hand if you think that the FDA has screwed this up again.

The FDA has almost no credibility at this point. The system is dysfunctional. You have food industry executives who normally would look at new government regulations with all the enthusiasm with which they would embrace a proctology exam now saying that the government needs to do more and do it better and do it differently.

Our tax dollars at work.