The federal recall process for about 80% of the nation's food is so slow it can take up to 10 months to get unsafe products off all store shelves — even when people are getting sick, says a report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general office.
Much has changed since the recalls between 2012 and 2015 that were analyzed by the inspector general, says Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
"Delay is deeply concerning to me as well," Gottlieb, a physician, said in an interview. "I think it's working a lot better now."
FDA is in charge of all food recalls except for meat and poultry, which the Agriculture Department handles.
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