The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued an update to its “High-Risk Series” report in which it attempts to “focus attention on government operations that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement or the need for transformation to address economy, efficiency, or effectiveness challenges.” Among other matters, the report continues to call for revamping federal oversight of food safety.

Citing the nationwide 2010 Salmonella-tainted egg recall as an example, GAO contends that fragmented federal oversight has created food-safety challenges. While the Food Safety Modernization Act has expanded Food and Drug Administration oversight authority, GAO recommends that Congress “also consider enacting comprehensive, uniform, and risk-based food safety legislation [and] commissioning a detailed analysis of alternative organizational structures for food safety.”