According to a blog post today from Accidental Hedonist, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees were asked at a July 17 hearing of the House energy and commerce oversight subcommittee to rate the quality of the FDA’s food-safety inspections on a scale of one to ten.
Ratings ranged from a lousy two to an substandard five. All but one of the panelists rated at a five or below.
The blog entry goes on to discuss how the FDA’s Associate Commissioner, Margaret Glavin sent out an FDA-wide email calling it an “erroneous assessment”.
Lastly, Accidental Hedonist says:
“Food borne illnesses are up, food recalls are becoming more prevalent, and only 1 percent of all food imports are checked due to lack of resources. The FDA’s response? They want to close up seven of their thirteen labs.”