- Farm-to-table oversight, in which the entire food production process is regulated, starting with how animals are raised on the farm and ending when food reaches the final consumer.
- Separate authorities for risk assessment, the scientific evaluation of all known and potential adverse health effects resulting from foodborne hazards, and risk management, the process for weighing policy alternatives.
- Risk-based inspection systems that focus on those foods and food products most likely to pose the greatest risk.
- Meeting equivalent safety standards for certain foods and, in particular, food imports, most often involving meat or animal products.
- Trace-back procedures in which all food and feed must be traceable “one step forward and one step back” so that industry and governments can quickly track any questionable food or feed products to minimize harm to public health and reduce the economic impact on industry. Food and feed business operators must be able to document the names and addresses of the supplier and customer, as well as the nature of the product and date of delivery.
Interestingly, although it did not explicitly say so, the GAO study found that two characteristics of the reorganized food safety structures are very much like the current, much-maligned U.S. system. First, the burden for food safety in most of the selected countries lies primarily with food producers rather than with inspectors, although inspectors play an active role in overseeing compliance. This principle applies to both domestic and imported products. | ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page