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FDA Failing to Meet Its Food-Safety Inspection Audit Goals


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, FDA, Food Safety, failure, inspections, health, food poisoning )

Dee
- 3361 days ago - usatoday.com
The Food and Drug Administration is failing to meet its goals for auditing food-safety inspections that states do on its behalf, FDA data show.The FDA fell short of its goal in at least 17 of 39 states it paid to do inspections in the 2007-08..



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Dee C (23)
Wednesday May 6, 2009, 10:52 pm
"State agencies do half the FDA's food inspections. The FDA aims to audit 7% to help make sure states do good inspections.

The FDA's performance has improved. Its data for the 2006-07 year show its audit goal was unmet in 21 of 37 states. In eight states, no audits were done. In 1998, the FDA did no audits in 21 of 38 states, said the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General in a 2000 report.

"We don't meet our target every year, but ... we're looking at continuous improvement," says Richard Barnes, FDA director of federal-state relations."
 
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