Along those lines, the USA Today had this article on a report chronicling the underfunding of the Food and Drug Administration and the dangers this underfunding poses to the safety of consumers food and drugs. The report cited in the article described a "plethora of inadequacies" with the FDA, including the following list:
Inadequate inspections of manufacturers, noting that foodmakers, for example, are inspected about once every 10 years.
A "badly broken" food-import system and food supply "that grows riskier each year." In the past 35 years, FDA inspections of the food supply have dropped 78% due to soaring numbers of products and inadequate FDA funding.
A depleted FDA staff, which is about the same size as it was 15 years ago despite huge growth in agency responsibilities. Instead of being proactive, the agency is often in "fire-fighting" mode.
A workforce with a "dearth" of scientists who understand emerging technologies. Turnover rates in some scientific positions at the FDA run twice that of other government agencies.
An "obsolete" information-technology system.