Inspector General’s Office Reviews 30 Voluntary Recalls Overseen By the FDA

If a food could make you sick or even kill you, you would assume it would be pulled from store shelves.

But according to a new federal report, that may not always be the case.

The Inspector General’s office reviewed 30 voluntary recalls overseen by the Food and Drug Administration.

They found the FDA could not always ensure that companies immediately initiated recalls.

In one case, cheese linked to a listeria outbreak in 2014 took 81 days to be completely pulled from store shelves.

One infant died and two pregnant women lost their babies as a result.

And in another case, the maker of a dietary supplement did not recall the product until receiving a warning letter from the FDA more than 300 days later.

The FDA commissioner says the agency worked quickly to put recall measures in place but more needs to be done.

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