FDA has failed inspection three times. In baseball, three strikes means you’re out.
Strike one: After the 2007 pet food recall, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) inspected FDA’s handling of the largest pet food recall in history. The OIG report stated “FDA did not always follow its procedures in overseeing the Menu Foods recalls. Furthermore, FDA’s procedures were not always adequate for monitoring recalls as large as those of Menu Foods.”
Because FDA “did not always follow its procedures” in the 2007 recall, poisonous pet food remained on store shelves and thousands more pets died as a result.
After that recall Congress required FDA to (through Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act) one update pet food “Ingredient Standards and Definitions”, two update pet food “Processing Standards”; and three update pet food “Labeling Standards including nutritional and ingredient information”. Congress required FDA to complete this work by “September 27, 2009”. To present day – FDA has not completed pet food ingredient standards or labeling standards (or even started it to my knowledge). The last date shown FDA worked on this requirement was a public meeting 5/13/2008.
Strike two: OIG looked at FDA again in 2011, their report stated “FDA’s guidance for developing and implementing food recalls was not adequate to ensure the safety of the Nation’s food supply because it was not enforceable. In addition, FDA did not always follow its own procedures for ensuring that the recall process operated efficiently and effectively.”
Strike three: And now in 2016 the OIG reported on FDA’s recall procedures and found “We found that FDA did not have an efficient and effective food recall initiation process that helps ensure the safety of the Nation’s food supply. We suggest that FDA update its policies and procedures to instruct its recall staff to establish set timeframes for (1) FDA to request that firms voluntarily recall their Products and (2) firms to initiate voluntary food recalls.”
OIG rates FDA three times in a row: ‘F’ Failure
Why are our tax dollars supporting a federal agency that has clearly stuck out?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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