GAO Finds US Regulation of Food Safety Inconsistent, Ineffective and Inefficient

A new US Government Accountability Office report on federal food safety oversight found that, “Fragmentation in the nation’s food safety system results in inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and inefficient use of resources.” The GAO recommended a single food safety agency, a food inspection agency, and a data collection and risk analysis center but warned that any reorganization would be a complex process and could lead to short-term disruptions and higher costs.