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Medical News & Perspectives
November 12, 2008

GAO: FDA Oversight of Produce Is Poor

JAMA. 2008;300(18):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.572

Recent large-scale outbreaks of illnesses caused by contaminated fresh produce, such as bagged spinach and serrano peppers, have highlighted the inability of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the safety of such foods. Now, a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that few of the agency's resources are focused on this aspect of food safety and outlines recommendations that would help protect the public from similar episodes in the future (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-08-1047).