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Capitol Health Call
May 11, 2011

Food Safety

JAMA. 2011;305(18):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.605

The effort by the federal government to improve its food safety oversight remains a work in progress, reported the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

In a report released March 18, the GAO said that the creation of a Food Safety Working Group in 2009 to coordinate federal efforts and establish food safety goals was a positive first step, but that still more was needed (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11289.pdf). The GAO noted that the working group, which consists of officials from the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Office of Management and Budget, and other federal agencies, has not developed a government-wide performance plan for food safety that provides a comprehensive picture of the federal government's food safety efforts and information on the resources needed to achieve its goals, the GAO said.

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