The FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety of 80% of the U.S. food supply, including $417 billion worth of domestic food a $49 billion in imported food annually. Recent outbreaks caused by food contamination highlight the risks posed by the accidental contamination of FDA-regulated food products. Changing demographics a consumption patterns underscore the urgency for effective food safety oversight. In Nov. 2007, FDA released plans that discuss the oversight of food safety. This testimony focuses on: fed. oversight of food safety as a high-risk area that needs a governmentwide reexamination; FDAAiS opportunities to better leverage its resources; FDAAis AiFood Protection Plan, Ai a tools that can help agencies to address mgmt. challenges. Illus.FDA officials told us that they are asking for explicit authority to put measures in place for other high-risk foods, such as leafy greens. Officials told us that this request, if granted, would allow the agency to focus its preventive efforts on foods thatanbsp;...
|Title||:||Federal Oversight of Food Safety: FDA's Food Protection Plan Proposes Positive First Steps, But Capacity to Carry Them Out Is Critical|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2008-05|