GAO Gives Middling Marks To FDA's Overseas Offices

Law360, New York (October 26, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT) -- While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began opening overseas offices in 2008 following scandals about tainted food imports from China and elsewhere, inspection of foreign food exporters is still unsatisfactory and the new offices need more direction, two new government reports say.

The FDA hiked its inspections of foreign factories by nearly a third during the 2009 fiscal year and FDA staff on the ground in China, India and elsewhere have turned up possibly contaminated food that otherwise would have reached U.S. markets, according to...
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