WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumers Union is calling for the creation of a single food agency to ensure adequate, efficient and effective oversight of our nation’s food supply. Consumers Union welcomes today’s hearing in the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to bring attention to the inadequacies in the government’s system to monitor food’s safety.

As highlighted in last week’s GAO report, the nation’s food supply is a “high-risk” area in need of immediate government attention to ensure the continued safety and integrity of our food.

“Having multiple agencies responsible for making certain the food on our table is safe to eat is a recipe for disaster,” said Sally Greenberg, senior counsel at Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

“We support the proposal for a single agency with authority, resources and leadership to oversee a safe and secure food supply in the 21st century food market.”