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THREAD: We appreciate US PIRG’s interest in the safety of the nation’s food system and we always welcome a larger conversation on the topic. Public health is our top priority and FDA is working hard to ensure the U.S. food supply remains among the safest in the world.
While we agree with the premise that prevention is always better than a corrective action, such as executing a recall, there should be caution in using recall numbers alone as the sole metric for gauging long-term performance trends in food safety.
Dramatic improvements in new tools to detect foodborne pathogens has likely resulted in an increased # of recalls. The complexity of supply chain for foods has also increased so one contaminated ingredient can trigger many recalls, which can affect the overall number of recalls.
FDA ensures that recalls by companies – voluntary or involuntary – are initiated, overseen, and completed promptly and effectively, and that consumers have timely, actionable information to protect themselves and their families.
Even during the lapse in funding, we're continuing to support recalls as necessary to identify and respond to threats to the safety of human life, and activities for the surveillance and inspection of high-risk foods.
Over the past year, #FDA has made several key policy changes to improve and modernize its food recall processes -- with a focus on providing more meaningful information to consumers.
More actions to improve our recall policies are planned, including ways to further improve our ability to track and trace products through the supply chain. We’ll continue to communicate on these efforts in the coming year.
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