The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a press release, announced two proposed rules on Friday that are set to protect Americans from unhealthy food imports.
The two proposals, in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed by President Obama, are set to bring the food safety system into the 21st century. The two rules would make it so that importers would have to confirm that suppliers are implementing modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices, and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic growers and processors.
“We must work toward global solutions to food safety so that whether you serve your family food grown locally or imported you can be confident that it is safe,” Margaret A. Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, said in the press release. “Today’s announcement of these two new proposed rules will help to meet the challenges of our complex global food supply system. Our success will depend in large part on partnerships across nations, industries, and business sectors.”
The FSMA also directs the FDA to create a system for the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors for imported food. This new rule would make it so that the FDA would recognize accreditation bodies based on certain aspects of the bodies. This would allow accreditation bodies, which could be foreign governments or companies, to accredit third-party auditors to audit and issue certifications for foreign food facilities and food, reads the statement.
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