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U.S. signs reciprocal food safety agreement with Australia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and… Continue Reading

Industry bends FDA’s ear on import safety rules at public meetings

It will be easier for affected businesses to comply with import safety programs mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) if more and better information from the government is more quickly shared and limitations faced by small and mid-sized firms are taken into account. Those were some of the many sentiments expressed at three… Continue Reading

FDA’s Foreign Supplier rule has an especially ambitious agenda

Of the seven rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the one regarding Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) is particularly ambitious. It attempts a number of things never done before with respect to the U.S. food safety system. As FDA describes it, FSVP requires importers… Continue Reading

Majority of FDA-registered food facilities now outside the U.S.

A majority of the food facilities required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now located outside of the United States. Registrar Corp., based in Hampton, VA, says a response it received from FDA under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows 207,655 food facilities were registered as of Jan. 1,… Continue Reading

Will FDA’s New Food Import Programs Make Food Safer?

Opinion

First, the statistics. At the time that President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in 2011, the United States imported about 15-20 percent of its domestic food supply, and as many as 70 percent of the food importers were small companies. Since FSMA was passed, the amount of food imported on… Continue Reading

Global Food Safety Forum to Focus on Technology, Compliance

The third Global Food Safety Forum, being held June 13-14, 2015, in Beijing will explore ideas laid out in a newly released white paper entitled, “Food Safety Technologies: Key Tools for Compliance.” Chapters by authors in both the private and public sectors discuss recent technology development in food safety regulation and how technology intersects with enforcement and… Continue Reading

GAO: FDA Not Keeping Pace With FSMA Foreign Inspection Mandate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to do more to ensure that its foreign offices are keeping food imported to the U.S. safe, says a report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In 2010, GAO studied FDA’s foreign offices and found that they engaged in a variety of activities relating to food safety… Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: Americans Shop the World for Food Every Day of the Week

Trade experts say we should not expect to see a decline in food exports and imports when figures become available for Oct. 1-16, 2013, the period of the partial government shutdown. They say that global food trade is now too robust to be slowed just by a few U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors being… Continue Reading