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Monitoring of Domestic and Imported Food Recalls

Food and Drug Administration generally relies on firms to voluntarily cease distribution and recall harmful articles of food. Prior to 2011, Food and Drug Administration did not have the authority to require a firm to recall certain articles of food. However, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added section 423 to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which gives Food and Drug Administration the authority to order a firm to recall certain articles of food after Food and Drug Administration determines that there is a reasonable probability that the food is adulterated or misbranded and that it will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. We will review Food and Drug Administration's monitoring of domestic and imported food recalls. The audit will determine the extent to which Food and Drug Administration has implemented the FSMA requirements related to the recall of food products and whether it has an effective recall process in place to ensure the safety of the Nation's food supply.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
October 2017 Food and Drug Administration Monitoring of Domestic and Imported Food Recalls Office of Audit Services W-00-15-50004 2018

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