An investigation found that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to force a recall of nut butter products that led to Salmonella, and cheese products that caused Listeria. The recalls for the products were issued months after the problem was first discovered.
The FDA took 81 days to recall the cheese products made by Oasis Brands Inc. in 2014 after Virginia’s agriculture department first notified the agency that it had discovered listeria in one of the cheese products.
The products caused the death of an infant, as well as two miscarriages, and nine illnesses.
Nut butter products from Spired Natural Foods, Inc., were recalled 165 days after a contamination was found and led to 14 illnesses in 11 states. After an inspection by the FDA in February 2014, a strain of Salmonella was found in the facility in March of that year.