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Food Safety: Federal Oversight of Seafood Does Not Sufficiently Protect Consumers
GAO-01-204: Published: Jan 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2001.
Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system (HACCP) regulations for seafood, the food industry has made some progress in ensuring the safety of seafood. However, several important weaknesses compromise the overall effectiveness of the federal seafood safety system. If left uncorrected, they will continue to undermine the goal of HACCP s...
Food Stamp Program: States Seek to Reduce Payment Errors and Program Complexity
GAO-01-272: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2001.
In fiscal year 2000, the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program, administered jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states, provided $15 billion in benefits to an average of 17.2 million low-income persons each month. FNS, which pays the full cost of food stamp benefits and half of the states' administrative costs, promulgates program regulations and oversees program impl...
Food Safety: Controls Can Be Strengthened to Reduce the Risk of Disease Linked to Unsafe Animal Feed
RCED-00-255: Published: Sep 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the risks to human health posed by unsafe feed consumed by food-producing animals, focusing on the: (1) extent to which unsafe feed has been linked to human health problems in the United States; and (2) actions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are taking to ensure the safety of animal...
Food Safety: Actions Needed by USDA and FDA to Ensure That Companies Promptly Carry Out Recalls
RCED-00-195: Published: Aug 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on voluntary food recall programs, focusing on: (1) the number of food recalls documented by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1984, and of those, the number associated with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses; (2) for recalls associated with such outbreaks, the extent to which USDA and F...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Marketing Assistance Loan Program Should Better Reflect Market Conditions
RCED-00-9: Published: Nov 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the marketing assistance loan program on cash payments to farm producers, focusing on: (1) which producers received cash payments through the program, by type of crop and state; (2) why some producers did not participate in the program; and (3) what types of concerns have been raised about the program's effect on cash payments and po...
Dietary Supplements: Uncertainties in Analyses Underlying FDA's Proposed Rule on Ephedrine Alkaloids
HEHS/GGD-99-90: Published: Jul 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the analyses underlying the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed rule on the food supplements, ephedrine alkaloids, focusing on: (1) the scientific basis for FDA's proposed rule; and (2) FDA's adherence to the regulatory analysis requirements for federal rulemaking.GAO noted that: (1) FDA based its proposed rule on numerous reports of adve...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Administrative Streamlining Is Expected to Continue Through 2002
RCED-99-34: Published: Dec 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in streamlining its administrative operations, focusing on USDA's efforts to: (1) reduce the number of administrative staff departmentwide; (2) consolidate and streamline administrative support structures for seven field-based agencies, particularly at the state office level; and (3) me...
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...
International Food Safety: Comparison of U.S. and Codex Pesticide Standards
PEMD-91-22: Published: Aug 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared current U.S. and Codex Alimentarius Commission pesticide standards to determine the potential implications of such differences for U.S. trade and food safety.GAO found that: (1) key areas where differences existed between the Codex and U.S. processes for establishing pesticide standards include the mix of pesticides included in each system, the use...
U.S. Food Exports: Five Countries' Standards and Procedures for Testing Pesticide Residues
NSIAD-91-90: Published: Dec 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) U.S. efforts to prevent or resolve trade disputes over pesticide use; (2) four Pacific Rim countries' and Australia's procedures for setting tolerance levels and testing for pesticides on U.S.-exported produce; and (3) those foreign governments' technical capabilities for pesticide testing.GAO found that: (1) the United States m...