Thursday, October 02, 2008

GAO illustrates FDA priorities on the safety of fresh produce

According to a remarkable GAO report (.pdf) last month on the safety of fresh produce, here is the trend in FDA food safety staff during the last several years, a period of heightened alarm about food safety (click for clearer image):

[Update: this sentence corrected slightly 10/3/2008.] Here is the distribution of food safety job losses across FDA units (CFSAN, which is mentioned in two of the pie slices, is the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, responsible for food safety):

And here is the trend in FDA enforcement letters related to fresh produce, during precisely the years before and during major outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with produce.


Janet said...

Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

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