The FDA has some major problems when it comes to handling issues with food supply, which is why a recent report by a government panel suggests that a major food safety haul is needed. The main issue that needs to be addressed is how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to not only identify but also address high-risk areas so that they can prevent illness from contaminated food.
In this recent government report it suggest that the FDA should be given the power to issue a recall of food products and then pass on responsibility to certain states for them to investigate. Currently they handle 60 percent of these duties.
The FDA normally handles all-but 20 percent of the tasks in the food supple chain in the U.S, but this job has been made very hard for them due to a high number of foodborne illness outbreaks. As a result a huge number of recalls were announced on a huge number of food products.
Congress will now have to revamp things in order to give the FDA the power that it needs if they have any chance of combating this issue. For more details on this read Amanda Gardner’s article on Business Week