The FDA is too slow removes damaged products from the shelves of supermarkets

The FDA is too slow removes damaged products from the shelves of supermarkets

Management on sanitary inspection behind quality of foodstuff and medicines (FDA) does not fulfill its obligations. Spoiled food too long is not removed from the shelves of shops and supermarkets. To such conclusion the Federal investigators. In their opinion, the FDA is not aware of the danger posed by such products. The organization promptly responds to queries, leaving consumers in the face of danger.

The inspector General of the Department of health and social services in the period from 2012 to 2015, consider just 30 out of a thousand queries about poor quality food. Sometimes took a few months to do research request about ruining the product. However, it is not the latest. According to investigators, one request FDA responded only after 303 days after receipt of the information.

Assistant regional inspector of the Department of health and human services George Nader, said: «Every day is very important because when a product remains on the shelf, consumers are potentially at risk of serious illness or death.»

Annually about 48 million Americans suffer various nutritional diseases. Of those, about 130 thousand are hospitalized. For three thousand sick all ends in death.

Opinion of food is not uncommon. Often companies independently and voluntarily contact the FDA and inform about the bad products. But in most cases, the Management paid attention to such a company, it needs either a request from a public authority, or informing third person.

The report, which was read by Neder, indicated the poor performance of the FDA for oversight, monitoring and tracking of requests. Assistant regional inspector stated that a year and a half ago, his Department issued a Memorandum which indicated that consumers exposed to great danger because of poor food. But it’s been even days and months before the FDA drew attention to Salmonella in peanut butter and hazelnut, to a high level of cadmium in frozen spinach or bacteria that cause botulism, duck eggs.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that his Ministry is working efficiently. Team staff is increased, which helps to accelerate the process of consideration of requests. A review of low-quality goods takes place for four days.

The FDA acknowledged that there are problems in the monitoring and seizure of contaminated food. So, Douglas stearn, Director of the office of import said that the FDA «really depends on what is reported by the company. Sometimes we don’t get all the information we need, and sometimes it is not accurate».