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At press time, the FDA finally released two new proposed rules under FSMA: the Proposed Rule on Food Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and the Proposed Rule on Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications.
While industry trade associations are applauding the safety rules on imported food (indicating the rules are long overdue), the release of these rules have shed some light for consumers who are now realizing how much the food they consume is in fact imported. According to the FDA, imported food comes into the U.S. from about 150 different countries and accounts for about 15 percent of the U.S. food supply, including about 50 percent of the fresh fruits and 20 percent of the fresh vegetables Americans consume. In addition, the FDA typically only manages to inspect 1 to 2 percent of all imports.
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Marian Zboraj is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has worked on the publication since late 2012, working from the John Wiley & Sons corporate headquarters in Hoboken, N.J. Marian has extensive editorial experience, holding editorial positions in the B2B publishing industry since 2001 and working on a variety of topics such as nutracueticals, eyecare, and industrial manufacturing. She resides in northern New Jersey. Reach her at email@example.com.