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FDA Proposes Rules Targeting Safety of Imported Food

July 30, 2013


In two separate July 29th federal register notices, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules aimed at ensuring imported food safety.  Under one proposed rule, the FDA shifts some accountability for imported food safety to importers by requiring them to create Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs) that ensure the food complies with U.S. procedures.  The second rule allows certain third party entities to audit and issue certifications for foreign food facilities.  

“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,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg commented. “Today’s announcement of these two new proposed rules will help to meet the challenges of our complex global food supply system. “

The FDA is accepting comments on both proposed rules until November 26, 2013.

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