Make Our Food Safe
02/22/2011

"Florida food importers warned of food safety reform's potential effects"

The Palm Beach Post | Susan Salisbury

"BELLE GLADE — The sweeping food safety reforms that President Obama signed into law in January will have a significant impact on food importers who will be required to verify the safety of food from their suppliers, a produce industry official said.

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration implements the rules and regulations, the agency will have the power to refuse entry of food products from countries where inspectors are denied access, said Robert Guenther, a senior vice president with United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

Guenther told a group of about 50 South Florida agricultural producers meeting at the University of Florida's Everglades Research and Education Center that there could be backlash if the FDA bans products from a region or country..."

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