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Topic - Jeff Farrar
Farms such as the two involved in a massive recall of more than a half-billion eggs rarely are inspected by the federal government, officials say, as the Food and Drug Administration traditionally has reacted to outbreaks instead of working to prevent them.
"The farm is just a different environment," he said. "Without those standards, we don't have the specific information to say you are in compliance in this area and out of compliance here."
Dr. Jeff Farrar, the FDA's associate commissioner for food protection, said the agency traditionally has focused on food manufacturing facilities instead of farms as the agency's authority is muddled and there are few standards in place.