Saturday, April 26, 2008

Showing The Way On Privatization

Given the way I've looked at privatizing government functions in the past, I'm still a little soft on any further efforts to remove regulatory function from the government to industry. However, if the choice is between private testing for compliance and nobody testing for compliance I may have to rethink.

From Congresswoman Baldwin's newsletter:
Our Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on draft legislation
concerning food safety. Read my opening statement by
or going to my website.

At my request, one of the witnesses at the hearing was Mr. James
Lovett, Corporate Senior Vice-President of Covance Laboratories, which
operates one of the largest food testing facilities in the world in
Madison. The Madison lab grew from a research branch at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Discussion included ways in which independent testers,
such as Covance, can work more directly with the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) to ensure the nation’s food safety. Proposed
legislation gives the FDA authority to rely on our Wisconsin-based

1 comment:

J. Gravelle said...

Underwriters' Laboratories is the de-facto example of a private safety certification authority that has worked outside of (and historically precedes) big-government intervention.

There's no reason we can't have a private Food Laboratories and a private Drug Laboratories.

There. I've just privatized the FDA...