Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council Report says FDA Reactive than Proactive

In a report issued by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, it has been highlighted that for providing public with better shielding from food-borne diseases and the outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration requires "more authority, money and efficiency".

The report suggests that the procedures of the US Food and Drug Administration are inappropriate and that the agency is "reactive than proactive" when it comes to the protection of people from the outbreaks of food-related diseases.

Explaining the report, Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Senior Health and Medical Director, said that the agency only comes into action after there is an evident outburst.

The report states that FDA is not functioning up to the expected mark.

Also, the report brings to light the fact that food supply is not totally under one agency and that this "results in disconnect in safety".

Besser explained that on one hand where the food processing and the sea food are under the supervision of FDA, meat and poultry are looked after by the Department of Agriculture.

It is known that about 76 million cases of food sickness are reported annually. And chicken is the major reason behind the salmonella sickness. Other foods associated with diseases, as cited by the agencies, are leafy greens, eggs, potatoes, cheese and ice cream.