10. Unsafe Food Inspection (Department of Health and Human Services IG, 2011)
Each year, about 3,000 Americans die from consuming unsafe food or beverages—and according to this IG report, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approach to food inspection could be partly at fault. The report found that the FDA has been increasingly relying on state agencies to conduct inspections, many of which have been executed poorly. The FDA failed to properly oversee those agencies by conducting too few audits of them, paying them for incomplete inspections, and neglecting to consistently follow-up with them, the IG report found. It’s still early to know if the FDA has made sufficient changes in response to the report—but in the future, you should probably thank an IG before dinner.
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