News and Updates for State Task Forces
Statement from FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda K. Plaisier
Statement from FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda K. Plaisier, on agency’s new steps to strengthen the process of initiating voluntary recalls- Voluntary recalls are one of the most important safety tools overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are a vital means to protect public health and typically are the quickest way to remove defective or potentially harmful food, medical, and consumer products from the market. The FDA plays an important role in the recall process, closely overseeing FDA-regulated companies during their voluntary recalls to help ensure public health is protected.
FDA takes steps to improve ice cream production facility safety
FDA In Brief: FDA takes steps to improve ice cream production facility safety following inspections and environmental sampling effortsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a report on its findings from inspections and environmental sampling for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella at 89 ice cream production facilities in 32 states from Sept. 12, 2016 to Aug. 30, 2017. The agency began the sampling assignment following 16 recalls of ice cream products that occurred from 2013 to 2015 due to the presence of pathogens, and an outbreak of listeriosis linked to an ice cream maker in 2015 that involved three deaths. To read more….