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FDA: Cargo Theft an Increasing ConcernFDA: Cargo Theft an Increasing Concern

April 28, 2010

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FDA: Cargo Theft an Increasing Concern

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to companies and a wide range of other key stakeholders detailing the agencys concern over cargo and warehouse thefts of FDA-regulated products.

The products stolen have included prescription and over-the counter medicines, medical devices, and infant formula. In its letter, the FDA seeks to:

  • raise awareness among industry about each firms responsibility to review and strengthen their security practices;

  • inform industry of the actions the FDA will take when the agency becomes aware of a large-scale theft, and outlines steps that firms should take;

  • emphasize the importance of notifying and informing members of the supply chain and the public after thefts occur. The FDA believes every company should have a clear plan developed on how to respond to these incidents, since swift action is essential.

The agency believes prevention of cargo theft is critical. To help achieve that goal, the FDA will continue to work closely with manufacturers and wholesalers to find ways to better secure the nations supply chain, which protects the public health.

Click here to read the full text of the letter.

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