Imported Seafood Safety: FDA Should Improve Monitoring of Its Warning Letter Process and Better Assess Its Effectiveness, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Highlights: "FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety of most imported seafood. FDA relies, in part, on inspections of importers' facilities and of processors' foreign facilities to ensure compliance with federal law. If FDA identifies significant violations, such as firms not identifying food safety hazards likely to occur during processing, the agency can issue the firm a warning letter. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review FDA's efforts to use warning letters to ensure the safety of imported seafood. This report examines the extent to which FDA (1) ensures it is following key procedures and meeting key goals for its warning letter process for imported seafood and (2) assesses the effectiveness of its warning letters in ensuring the safety of imported seafood. GAO reviewed FDA procedures and data and interviewed FDA officials. [...] GAO recommends that FDA (1) establish a process to monitor whether the agency is following the procedures and meeting the goals established for its warning letter process for imported seafood, and (2) develop performance goals and measures to assess how effective warning letters are at ensuring the safety of imported seafood. FDA agreed with GAO's recommendations."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/