FDA promises plant inspection ramp-up

April 8, 2010 2:20:46 PM PDT
Many of America's food manufacturing plants are going more than five years without being checked.

Federal inspectors are conducting fewer reviews because of a shrinking workforce at the US FDA. That's according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general.

The report says, the drop in inspections could make an outbreak of food-borne disease more likely, putting the public at risk.

Since 2006, the US food supply has been battered by high-profile outbreaks involving lettuce, peppers, peanuts and spinach.

But, the FDA says, with more money appropriated for the agency in the president's budget, the FDA will be able to do more inspections.