Going public: Schumer wants FDA’s food recall process overhauled

Maybe Chuck Schumer is eyeing a career in comedy like his somewhat related cousin, Amy.

Chuck says federal regulators are too slow getting bad food off the shelves.

amy.schumer.sexThe New York Democrat is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to review its recall process from top to bottom to determine if it’s doing enough to prevent contamination-related food illnesses.

The action follows a preliminary report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggesting the FDA has taken far too long to initiate food recalls.

Schumer notes that a 21-state E. coli outbreak linked to tainted flour began in December but the recall wasn’t issued until May.

Whole genome sequencing takes time. So does any foodborne illness investigation, especially ones that are now leading the world in linking together previously unconnected victims and food vehicles.

A better approach might be a standardized guide for going public, so everyone knows the rules, even if they don’t agree with them.