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The inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services examined 30 of 1,557 food recalls between 2012 and 2015. The findings showed that the FDA did not always evaluate food-borne hazards in a timely manner or ensure companies initiated recalls promptly.
According to a timely article in the New York Times, food companies took an average of 57 days to recall items after the FDA was apprised of potential hazards. One recall did not begin for 303 days the investigators said. You can read the article at the following link:
The FDA was formed in 1906 and currently has around 15,000 employees with an annual budget of over $4 billion. Scott Gottlieb, the Commissioner of the FDA, is sitting on the hot seat to explain the delays.