Similac Recall is a Systematic Failure in our Food/Drug Safety

There has been a lot of press lately for the Abbott Nutrition recall of infant formula. Fundamentally this is a colossal failure of our regulatory program, another failure in a long string of failures, and confirmation that the time is now for radical changes in the agency.

Consumer Reports, in the article “How the FDA Bungled the Powdered Infant Formula Recall” does a good job covering the important points, so please read that article.

The optimist in me hopes that this calamity will drive needed change, as has been the unfortunate history of regulatory change in this country. I’m just not sure I hold enough confidence in Congress to get the job done.

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