FDA wants states to handle compliance with food inspections
Posted Apr 21 2009 11:47pm
This almost sounds like every state is becoming their own FDA “contractor” in essence. We all know what happened in Georgia with peanuts, so will this work? Who does the audits? Is this enough?
Perhaps some business intelligence software could come to play here too so automated audit trails might help out in the administration. Somebody along the line has to take a look so we have some checks and balances, otherwise we are left open to either fraud or non compliance with errors produced and “bad food”, to put it bluntly. As I have mentioned before, a data based reporting system can help police activities as everyone in every state, much less the FDA, can’t be everywhere at all times. This way batch numbers are registered and certified with software that is set up to register such numbers with tamperproof solutions in place. I would much rather have an issue with software needing a fix than to have bad food out there to eat and run the potential of getting sick. How big is the problem, well look at the widget the FDA made, and I have posted on the site to bring an awareness around. BD
After years of scant federal oversight, Georgia food inspectors soon will come under scrutiny from new regulators: themselves.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants states to assess their own inspection programs, even after Georgia’s failed to prevent a salmonella outbreak traced to a Blakely peanut plant, exposing broad gaps in the nation’s food safety system.
Despite the series of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses that originated in Georgia, the FDA has sent the state no reviews of its work and has not audited individual inspectors as the contract mandates, said Garrison, the state agriculture official.