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Imported Food Safety Rules Pending

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The FDA just issued new food safety rules that are being billed as a significant change.  Rules on imported food are not yet issued.

Additional rules are pending, including one that would cover importers’ responsibilities to verify the safety of food products grown or made overseas. About 15 percent of food eaten by Americans is imported, although an even higher percentage of produce comes from abroad.

I suspect that one of the issues delaying the imported food rules are international trade agreement compliance.  But the U.S. should be able to lead on food safety rules and apply them fully to imported food in all cases.  Right now, imported food gets an unfair advantage because of lack of inspection and because the rules apply more stringently to U.S. based producers.

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