FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules
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Monday, December 21, 2015 08:51 AM

The FDA has issued new rules designed to prevent food borne illnesses.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new rules designed to prevent food borne illnesses caused by tainted produce. The final rules put teeth into the FDA's ability to enforce food safety by establishing safety standards for produce farms and making importers accountable for verifying that imported foods meet U.S. safety standards.

The FDA said the new rules will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent problems before they occur. The changes are part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, a sweeping package of food safety reforms governing produce safety, preventive controls for food produced in facilities, and the safety of imported food.

The Produce Safety rule includes requirements for water quality, employee health and hygiene, wild and domesticated animals, compost and manure, and equipment, tools, and buildings.

Food importers will be required to verify that suppliers are producing food that meets U.S. safety standards. The FDA also issued guidelines governing the accreditation of third-party auditors to conduct food safety audits on foreign food facilities.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/54703