Specifically, among other problmes, the FDA found undocumented sources of supply for the water, a failure to sample and analyze its source water for microbiological contaminants, chemical and radiological contaminants as required by law. Valley's last documented sample analysis for radioactive contaminants was done in 2003.
Valley Springs also did not test its bottled water for bacteriological contamination as required by law, nor did it test for chemical, physical and radiological contaminants as required. Click here for the full text of the FDA's Warning Letter.
The FDA inspects food facilities it oversees on average just once every 10 years. Between 2003 and 2006, FDA inspections have dropped by 47%, and it has a current funding shortfall on $135 million. Imported foods receive even less oversight from the FDA. Less than 1% of the food imported into the U.S. is inspected. What sort of food safety emergency, domestic or imported, will it take to get Congress to properly fund the FDA and to get the FDA to properly protect American consumers?