USDA: enough authority to do recalls
According to the USDA, the Department does not need
additional authority to conduct meat recalls and would oppose any move to make
the removal of such items from the market mandatory.
A string of recalls in the US over recent months has prompted the USDA to
expand testing and recall infected meat more rapidly in order to combat the
The USDA regulates approx. 20% of the food supply, covering eggs, meat and
poultry. The FDA covers the rest.
US Agriculture Undersecretary Richard Raymond believes that the job they
are doing regarding recalls is being done well. "I believe we have all the legal
authority we need to do our job," he added.
Today, the industry initiates recalls voluntarily and, according to
Raymond, the current process works. He also stated that any move by lawmakers to
make recalls mandatory was unnecessary.
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