Missing Link: Food, Drug Safety In Foreign Supply Chain

Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT) -- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Strengthening Core Elements of Regulatory Systems in Developing Countries recently issued a report entitled “Ensuring Safe Foods and Medical Products Through Stronger Regulatory Systems Abroad.”

This 300-page-long report begins by noting that most of the active ingredients in the medications we take — perhaps up to 80 percent — come from foreign sources, including low- and middle-income countries with less stringent regulatory requirements than those in place in the United States.

Similarly, much of the food we eat comes...
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