FDA Ignored Own Food Recall Rules: Audit

The FDA failed to follow its own rules in recalling hazardous imported foods, according to government investigators. Items like salmonella-tainted cantaloupe from Honduras and botulism-inducing frozen fish from Korea failed to be recalled, The New York Times reports. In 13 out of 17 of the callbacks, no sufficient data was given as to why the products were being taken off the market, and there was a lack of thoroughness to make sure all the contaminated products were truly gone. The FDA’s deputy commissioner said a new food safety law signed by President Obama would help fix the problems. The FDA now has more authority to actively take foods off the market—before, the FDA could only ask.

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