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FDA Touts Efforts to Enhance Food Safety
Date:12/1/2008

l year 2008, a January 2008 GAO report analyzing the Food Protection Plan states that there are 65,520 domestic food production facilities in the U.S. This means that FDA is still inspecting U.S. food production facilities only once every 10 years. At this rate, we would not be surprised to see more problems like the salmonella that was found in peanut butter manufactured at a Georgia processing facility in 2007."

Besides regulating drugs and medical devices, the FDA oversees about 80 percent of the U.S. food supply, including many foods grown abroad.

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For more on food safety, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



SOURCES: David Acheson, M.D., assistant commissioner for food protection, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and senior policy adviser, Trust for America's Health, Washington, D.C.; Patty Lovera, assistant director, Food & Water Watch, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2008, U.S. Food and Drug Administration report, Food Protection Plan: One-Year Progress Summary; Dec. 1, 2008, news release, Consumers Union, Washington, D.C.


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