Food security in the USA: now the FDA can also intervene on the potential risk and border controls are increasing

Food security in the USA: now the FDA can also intervene on the potential risk and border controls are increasing

On May 4, the Food and Drug Administration (Fda) published the first two implementing regulations of the “Food Safety Modernization Act” (Fsma) , the new legislation to guarantee food safety that United States President Barack Obama signed last year. January 4th.

The first provision 1 extends the powers of the FDA to potentially unsafe food. Previously, the Food and Drug Administration could only subject goods to health restrictions only in the face of clear evidence of their contamination or fraudulent labeling that posed a serious risk to the life and health of consumers. The FDA also had to await the conclusion of state administrative procedures (for example by the Wisconsin authority), before adopting federal-level measures.

The new regulation, on the other hand, enables the Authority, even on the basis of a single suspicion, to subject alimony to precautionary seizure for a period of up to 30 days: within this period, the FDA can carry out further assessments and, if necessary, take further measures. , such as confiscation and sanctioning of operators.

“These powers grant the Food and Drug Administration the ability to prevent potentially unsafe foods from reaching American consumers,” said FDA Deputy Food Commissioner Mike Taylor. “It is a prime example of how the new legislation allows the FDA to work on the prevention of food safety incidents.”

The second regulation introduces the obligation for each operator who intends to import food and feed into the US to send the FDA a prior notification of incoming loads. The states of the federation must in turn inform the Federal Authority of the goods rejected at the entrance to the US borders. This will guarantee the Food & Drug Administration complete information on non-compliant goods presented at the borders, also in view of the adoption of ad hoc measures to safeguard American consumers with respect to the identified risks.

The notification of incoming loads will follow the corresponding procedure already introduced by the “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act” in 2002.

The two new regulations mentioned above will come into force on 3 July 2011. But that’s not all:

– last April the FDA put on the net a “consumer-friendly” search engine, accessible to the public, for information on withdrawals and recalls of unsafe foods (on the trail of the EU rapid alert system RASFF ;

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