Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

If you disagree, read this story from CNN about the government taking over three Tylenol factories for numerous safety violations.

The government is taking over three Tylenol plants following a blizzard of drug recalls and a Food and Drug Administration criminal investigation into safety issues at the factories.

The FDA and the Justice Department on Thursday took action against McNeil PPC and two of its executives — its vice president of quality and its vice president of operations for over-the-counter products — for failing to comply with federally mandated manufacturing practice.

The violations “include inadequate quality controls; lack of safeguards to isolate ‘rejected’ raw materials and drugs; and human error resulting in product mix-ups.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful the government is making sure I don’t ingest tainted medicine. Or tainted beef:

A Kansas company has recalled more than 14,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, federal authorities have announced.

… The USDA classifies the recall as “Class 1,” having determined “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Good thing the government is doing its job by protecting its citizens from products that everyday people couldn’t possibly know were dangerous. Yet the GOP wants to slash $400 million from President Obama’s FDA budget for the next fiscal year, despite its role in safeguarding the United States from bio- and agro-terrorism and overseeing food production facilities.

I know a variety of programs are going to take hits as Congress tries to cut spending and reduce the deficit, but $400 million sounds like a lot when no one has seriously considered touching defense expenditures, which are a huge part of the budget. The GOP needs to realize that in this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the FDA should be funded as fully as possible.

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