Approps Democrat calls for food safety investments in audit's wake

DeLauro has been a leading critic of the House-passed agriculture spending bill, which cuts FDA funding by more than $280 million and food safety by about $87 million.

The audit also found that the FDA sometimes failed to: 

• conduct firm inspections or obtain complete information on the contaminated products;

• conduct timely or complete audit checks of consignees;

• review recall strategies and promptly issue notification letters to firms conveying the review results and other essential instructions; and

• witness the disposal of the products or obtain the required documentation showing that the products had been properly disposed of.