Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.—“This week the Office of the Inspector General warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its food recall process does not effectively protect the U.S. food supply. Food & Water Watch applauds the Inspector General for shedding light on this important matter.
“As part of a preliminary investigation of FDA’s food recall practices, the watchdog agency found that FDA does not act urgently enough when a food recall is justified, and that it lacks a clear timeline for instructing food companies to recall dangerous products.
“All too often, foods tainted with life threatening bacteria land in stores, restaurants and on our plates. The Inspector General’s report exposes the dangerous holes in our nation’s food safety net. We urge the FDA to follow the Inspector General’s recommendations for ensuring the safety of the food we eat and feed our families.”
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