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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could rely more on state agencies to inspect the sanitation conditions of the food manufacturing establishments in its current inventory.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services||1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Commissioner, FDA, to review the current inventory and determine the establishments that should be removed, considering state inspection frequency, policies, results, interstate commerce, and sales volume.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Commissioner, FDA, in conjunction with state inspection agencies, to begin developing a strategy for future inspection of establishments with a history of serious or very serious sanitation problems to help ensure that these establishments are in compliance with applicable food laws and regulations.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||3. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Commissioner, FDA, to consider the current level and allocation of inspection resources devoted to the food sanitation programs and make appropriate adjustments, recognizing the reduced inventory and extent of inspection coverage needed to adequately monitor food manufacturing establishments.|