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WASHINGTON---The US Food
and Drug Administration pro-
posed new steps to ensure that
fresh produce, cheeses and other
foods imported into the United
States are safe.
The proposed rules, required
by a sweeping food safety law
passed by Congress two and a
half years ago, are meant to estab-
lish better checks on what long
has been a scattershot effort at
guarding against unsafe food
imported from more than 150
countries. Only around 2 per cent
of that food is inspected by the
government at ports and borders.
About 15 per cent of the food
Americans eat is imported,
including about 50 per cent of
fruits and 20 per cent of vegeta-
bles. An estimated 3,000 people
die from food-related illnesses
The proposed guidelines would
require US food importers to ver-
ify that the foreign companies
they are importing from are
achieving the same levels of food
safety required in this country.
The rules, which would also
improve audits of food facilities
abroad, could cost the food indus-
try up to $472 million annually.
Since Congress passed the food
safety law in December 2010 and
President Barack Obama signed
it in early 2011, there have been
several outbreaks caused by
imported foods, including an
occurrence of listeria in imported
Italian cheese last year that killed
four people. Other illnesses were
linked to tainted papayas, man-
goes and pine nuts and spices
used as ingredients.
Michael Taylor, FDA deputy
commissioner for foods, says the
rules show a major shift in think-
ing in the way the government
works to keep food safe.
Like rules for domestic farmers
and food companies released ear-
lier this year, the idea is to make
businesses more responsible for
the food they are selling or
importing by proving that they
are using good food safety prac-
tices. They might do that by doc-
umenting basic information about
their suppliers cleanliness, testing
foods or acquiring food safety
Currently, the government
does little to ensure that com-
panies are trying to prevent food
safety problems but generally
waits and responds to outbreaks
after they happen.
"The onus is on us to detect the
problem that has already occurred,"
Requiring better prevention was the
intent when Congress passed the bill
three years ago. But since then the
law has run into several obstacles,
including FDA delays in issuing the
rules, a lack of congressional funding
and increasing opposition from some
rural members of Congress who rep-
resent worried farmers.
A farm bill passed in the House this
month included an amendment spon-
sored by Republican Rep. Dan Benishek
that would delay all of the food safety
rules. Farmers and importers have
expressed concerns that the rules will
require too much time, cost and
FDA regulators say the new rules
are necessary as the food system
becomes more complex and more
global. Food often stops in several
locations and passes through many
different hands in a matter of days
before it hits grocery shelves. (AP)
US proposes rules for safer imported foods
The proposed guidelines would require US food importers to
verify that the foreign companies they are importing from are
achieving the same levels of food safety required in this country.
The rules, which would also improve audits of food facilities
abroad, could cost the food industry up to $472 million annually.
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