Report: FDA's food safety oversight role needs complete overhaul

Report: FDA's food safety oversight role needs complete overhaul
Report: FDA's food safety oversight role needs complete overhaul

Millions of Americans will continue to suffer from food poisoning each year unless the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revamps its approach to food safety management, concludes a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

The report, Enhancing Food Safety: The Role of the Food and Drug Administration, says the FDA's ability to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by the inefficient use of limited resources and a piecemeal approach to information gathering and use.