The FDA drags its feet on food recalls, a new report says. U.S. News and World Report has the story.
After reviewing 30 recalls made between 2012 and 2015, government investigators at the Department of Health and Human Services announced that federal health officials often allow food-safety investigations to drag on for months, despite the high-level pathogen identifying technology at their disposal. Lead investigator George Nedder questioned the morality of letting such dangerous oversights through the cracks. "Months and weeks when peoples' lives are on the line?" Nedder asks. "It needs to be done faster."
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According to the report, the administration failed to make a timely recall of almond and peanut butter products, waiting three months after DNA testing confirmed a salmonella contamination before yanking them off the shelves. Because of this misstep, countless people were potentially exposed to the contaminant against their knowledge by the organization that oversees nearly 80 percent of America's food supply.