FDA Issues Rules Aimed At Boosting Food Import Safety

Law360, New York (July 26, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed two major new rules on Friday that would hold companies more accountable for the safety of imported food and establish a program to accredit third-party auditors to certify foreign food facilities.

The rules are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the 2011 law that revamped the regulatory system to emphasize the prevention of foodborne illness such as salmonella poisoning.

One rule would require importers to maintain a so-called foreign supplier verification program, designed to make imported food as...
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