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Major U.S. food industry associations and consumer groups are guardedly optimistic that the FDA’s recently proposed regulations on import safety and third-party auditors will improve the safety of food products obtained from foreign countries. But experts also warn that the additional costs of complying with the new rules including obtaining audits and certifications, recordkeeping, and reporting will be passed onto consumers through higher prices.
The draft regulations, published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2013 to implement portions of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), are intended to hold imported food to the same safety standards as domestically produced products. But there are also concerns that foreign companies will be held to more stringent requirements, such as undergoing audits by independent third parties. This, some experts say, might spark complaints from major trading partners because U.S. companies are not subject to the same requirements.| | | Next → | Single Page
About Ted Agres
Ted Agres is an award-winning writer who covers food safety regulatory and legislative issues from the nation’s capital in the Washington Report column. He has 40 years of experience in reporting on issues such as health policy, medical technology, and pharmaceutical development. He holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He enjoys playing the piano, amateur radio, and paintball. He lives in Laurel, MD. Reach him at email@example.com.