M-I-92-6: General Accounting Office (GAO) Report "Food Safety and Quality"


200 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20204


August 10, 1992

TO: All Regional Food and Drug Directors
Attn: Regional Milk Specialists

FROM: Chief, Milk Safety Branch (HFF-346)

SUBJECT: General Accounting Office (GAO) Report "Food Safety and Quality"

Enclosed is a copy of the GAO Report to the Chairman, Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives report titled Food Safety and Quality and subtitled FDA Strategy Needed to Address Animal Drug Residues in Milk.

This report was released at the Subcommittee hearing on "Problems with FDA's Monitoring of the Milk Supply for Animal Drug Residues" on August 5, 1992.

The report reviews (1) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) and the states' efforts to test for and control animal drug residues in milk and (2) FDA's extra-label drug use policy.

The report makes recommendations for improving milk monitoring to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.

Copies of this memorandum are enclosed for distribution to State Milk Sanitation Control Agencies and State Milk Rating Officers in your region.

Johnnie G. Nichols

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