FDA Gains Greater Authority To Detain Food Imports

Law360, New York (February 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule on Monday that gives the agency greater leeway to detain potentially unsafe foods under a landmark 2011 law, rejecting industry concerns that the proposal gives inspectors too much power.

Under the rule, the FDA need only to believe that food products are produced under unsanitary or unsafe conditions to keep them from entering the market for up to 30 days. During that time, the agency will determine whether any enforcement action — such as the seizure of...
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