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New insights into FDA

The agency has a long way to go to adequately staff up to fulfill its new responsibilities. This week we also learned, in a Government Accountability Office analysis, that 44% of FDA’s foreign office positions were vacant as of October 2014, prompting GAO to question whether FDA has a system in place to assure imports are as safe as domestically produced foods.  Arguably, overseas inspections are never going to be the most effective way to boost the safety of imported foods, and perhaps the lawmakers might have been a little less prescriptive to avoid micro-managing.

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