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Concern over speed of regulatory action: US and Europe

Following an internal review, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the US Department of Health and Human Services has issued a statement online on 22nd December 2017 titled:

"The Food and Drug Administration's Food-Recall Process Did Not Always Ensure the Safety of the Nation's Food Supply"
These are very strong words. They reviewed documentation for 30 voluntary food recalls selected from the 1,557 food recalls reported to FDA between October 1, 2012, and May 4, 2015. They stated

The FDA did not always have an efficient and effective food-recall process that ensured the safety of the Nation's food supply. We identified deficiencies in FDA's oversight of recall initiation, monitoring of recalls, and the recall information captured and maintained in FDA's electronic recall data system, the Recall Enterprise System (RES).  
Specifically, we found that FDA could not always ensure that firms initiated recalls promptly and that FDA did not always (1) eval…
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