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To ensure that USDA and FDA have information and authority so they can act quickly to remove potentially unsafe food from the marketplace and can better protect consumers, Congress may wish to consider legislation that would give USDA and FDA authority to issue a mandatory recall order and establish recall requirements.

GAO, 2005a

 

To ensure that companies promptly and effectively recall foods that may cause serious illness or death, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of FDA should revise agency guidance to recalling companies to include specific time frames for notifying their customers, removing recalled food from the marketplace, and providing the agencies with the names and locations of customers that received the food.

GAO, 2005a

 

To ensure that companies promptly and effectively recall foods that may cause serious illness or death, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of FDA should use agency data systems to routinely generate reports for recall program managers so that they may monitor ongoing recalls and oversee recall timeliness and effectiveness.

GAO, 2005a

 

To ensure that companies promptly and effectively recall foods that may cause serious illness or death, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of FDA should track in their data systems the dates that the agencies start and finish verification checks.

GAO, 2005a

 

To ensure that companies promptly and effectively recall foods that may cause serious illness or death, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of FDA should track in their recall data systems the dates that companies (1) start and finish notifying their customers, (2) provide the agency with the lists of customers that received the food, and (3) start and finish recovering the recalled food.

GAO, 2005a



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