"Each year, 128,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000 die after consuming contaminated foods and beverages. FDA [Food and Drug Administration] is responsible for safeguarding the Nation's food supply and for routinely inspecting food facilities. In addition to conducting its own inspections, FDA relies on State agencies to conduct inspections on its behalf; however, in recent years, concerns have been raised about the rigor of these State inspections. For example, the peanut processing plant responsible for a 2009 salmonella outbreak was inspected multiple times by a State agency working on behalf of FDA. This outbreak resulted in one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and has led to serious questions about the effectiveness of State food facility inspections. Because of concerns about food facility inspections conducted by State agencies, this review was requested by the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies."
Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: OEI-02-09-00430
Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/