TUESDAY -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't equipped to handle problems with the food supply and is in need of a major revamping, a government panel of experts reported Tuesday.

To come up to speed, the FDA needs to squarely focus its efforts on identifying and addressing high-risk areas and on preventing foodborne illness in the first place, stated the report, issued today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council at the request of Congress.

Among other things, the report recommends giving the FDA authority to issue mandatory recall of food products and to delegate responsibility for inspections to states, which already handle about 60 percent of this task.

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Source: Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter