Government Agencies: The Mess in FDA

There was no lack of problems in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare when John W. Gardner took over last August. But the biggest mess facing the new Secretary was in the Food and Drug Administration, the agency responsible for the purity and safety of the food, medicines and cosmetics that Americans buy. The mess had been building for decades while the agency rocked along, a cozy bureau for career men whose ambitions were as limited as their powers. Though there have been marked improvements since World War II, what Gardner...