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Pork Promotion Program: Petition Validation Process Needs to Be Strengthened
RCED-00-274: Published: Sep 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) efforts to validate a petition on whether to continue the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Pork Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) the problems AMS encountered in its process to validate the pork petition and AMS' plans to improve the validation process; (2) factors that led to the USDA Secretary's deci...
Salvaged Food: Lessons Learned from the Americold Fire
RCED-95-76: Published: Mar 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the events surrounding a fire at a food storage warehouse in Kansas, focusing on the: (1) disposition of food salvaged from the facility; and (2) lessons learned from the incident that could be used to improve regulation of the food salvaging industry.GAO found that: (1) over half of the affected food was destroyed and the remaining...
Farmers Home Administration: The Guaranteed Farm Loan Program Could Be Managed More Effectively
RCED-95-9: Published: Nov 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) guaranteed farm loan program, focusing on: (1) the extent of losses under the guaranteed loan program compared with those under the FmHA direct loan program; (2) the extent to which the guaranteed loan program has graduated FmHA direct loan borrowers to commercial credit; and (3) ways to make the guaranteed farm loan program more of a source fo...
Commodity Programs: Flex Acres Enhance Farm Operations and Market Orientation
RCED-94-76: Published: Dec 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether 1990 farm legislation will reduce government costs and increase farmers' flexibility and responsiveness to market demands.GAO found that: (1) although flex acres are designed to reduce the government's agricultural support costs and increase U.S. farmers' market competitiveness, the total impact of flex acres on farm income is unknown; (2)...
Food Safety and Quality: Innovative Strategies May Be Needed to Regulate New Food Technologies
RCED-93-142: Published: Jul 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on new food technologies, focusing on: (1) types of new technologies; (2) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) response to new food technologies and the processes it uses to determine whether they protect consumers; and (3) unresolved regulatory issues.GAO found that: (1) in response to changes in consumer demographics and dietary p...
Pesticides: Adulterated Imported Foods Are Reaching U.S. Grocery Shelves
RCED-92-205: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pesticide monitoring program, focusing on whether: (1) federal deterrents are adequate to prevent pesticide-adulterated food from reaching U.S. grocery shelves; and (2) FDA is using its resources to maximize detection of adulterated shipments.GAO found that: (1) FDA has increased its testing o...
Data Collection: Opportunities to Improve USDA's Farm Costs and Returns Survey
RCED-92-175: Published: Jul 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Costs and Returns Survey (FCRS), focusing on: (1) FCRS scope and design, as they affect the quality and reliability of the data generated; (2) USDA procedures for granting access to unpublished data; and (3) USDA communication with users of FCRS data.GAO found that: (1) USDA methods for conducting FCRS ma...
Food Safety and Quality: Limitations of FDA's Bottled Water Survey and Options for Better Oversight
RCED-92-87: Published: Feb 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 1990 Bottled Water Survey, focusing on whether the FDA: (1) survey results were representative of the nation's bottled water supply; (2) tests covered all regulated contaminants; and (3) testing for unregulated contaminants was warranted.GAO found that: (1) FDA did not base the 1990 bottled w...
Food Safety and Quality: Stronger FDA Standards and Oversight Needed for Bottled Water
RCED-91-67: Published: Mar 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) bottled water standards, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of the FDA oversight program; (2) regulation of drinking water sold in interstate commerce; and (3) reliability of terms and graphics used on bottled water labels.GAO found that FDA: (1) did not comply with the Federal Food, Drug, an...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-9: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management operations and practices, focusing on identifying incremental and structural ways to improve the overall management of the decentralized USDA field structure.GAO found that: (1) although USDA initiated many agency-specific programs to improve government financial management, enhance productivity, and provide better servi...