FDA warning letters decline by 50%

The number of warning letters the FDA sent to companies dropped from 1,032 in 2001 to 471 in 2007, following a 2002 policy change requiring the agency's chief counsel office to review such documents. Some members of Congress, as well as current and former FDA officials, have criticized the enforcement shift, saying it has favored the drug and food industries. FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach acknowledged the drop but argued that the agency now issues letters for serious transgressions instead of minor ones.

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