USDA FSISAn editorial in today’s New York Times illustrates the need for a single government agency responsible for food safety:

It should not take a health crisis to force a reorganizing of America’s food safety apparatus, and there are good reasons to reorganize in a deliberate manner, without a sense of emergency. This is not just a question of how to merge various bureaucracies. Congress needs to make sure a new agency is not only well-organized but has the powers and authority it needs to control the American food supply in a way that keeps everyone safe.