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FDA Ignores 20 Percent of Food Safety Risks Found

According to an audit report, Food and Drug Administration inspectors of processed food manufacturing facilities are not following up on 20 percent of the food risks they identify. Inspectors and their agency itself are seriously underfunded.

Government inspectors failed to take action on one of every five serious food-safety risks identified in manufacturing facilities, according to a report released by federal auditors Wednesday. In the remaining cases, the agency almost always asked food manufacturers to correct violations voluntarily.

In one incident in 2013, FDA inspectors found listeria in a facility where rain dripped through holes in the ceiling onto food prep areas. While FDA asked the facility to address the problems, samples from the factory still tested positive for listeria two years later.

That same year, FDA inspectors found salmonella in a facility that made ready-to-eat seafood, salads and dips. But they did not send the facility a warning letter or initiate any other corrective actions. — Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post [via the Ionia Sentinel-Standard]

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