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Federal Audit Warns FDA Critically Endangers Our Food Supply

Saturday, 15 October 2011 06:50

‘When our own government openly accuses the FDA of jeopardizing the health and safety of all Americans, the risk level our food safety must indeed be critical. Food recalls are classified as Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3. Class 1 recalls are issued for products that pose a risk of death or cause irreversible medical harm if consumed.

HHS reviewed 17 Class 1 recalls of imported food items for Salmonella, Listeria and Botulism contamination from mid 2007 through mid 2008. The department would have checked more recent food recalls but couldn’t because many of recalls and their associated investigations are ongoing.

“We focused our review only on the most serious recalls in recent years, something you could drop dead from if you ate it,” said George Nedder, with HHS’ Office of Inspector General. In its report, HHS charged the FDA with not only failing to conduct comprehensive reviews of companies’ food recalls, but also of not supervising how companies disposed of their recalled products.’

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