Make Our Food Safe
04/04/2012

"Report: U.S., peers must cooperate on import safety"

USA Today | Matthew Perrone

"WASHINGTON – Food and drug regulators in the U.S., Europe and other developed countries should offer training, technology and expertise to developing nations in Asia,Latin America and other regions to better assure the safety of imported products, states a new report.

An expert panel assembled by the Institute of Medicinerecommends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration work with counterparts throughout the world to assure supply chains for imported food and drugs, which increasingly cross borders. More than 80 percent of pharmaceutical ingredients are imported from abroad, as well as 85 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S., according to federal figures.

'The integrated global economy demands cooperation across borders — to thwart terrorists, reduce environmental hazards, and ensure that our food and medical products are safe and effective,' states the 300-page report released Wednesday..."

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