The Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, has issued a report on "Federal Food Safety Oversight" which is critical of the continuing fragmentation of agency responsibilities for food safety. The Report highlights the failure of Congress to address the problem of divided and contradictory authorities in the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act. In this analysis, the GAO again suggests that Congress should mandate a unified food safety agency structure and a risk-based system for the allocation of Federal food safety resources.

A copy of the March 2011 Report is posted below: