FDA Proposes New Rules For Food Imports

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2013)—The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to ensure the safety of fresh produce, cheese and other foods imported into the U.S.

A sweeping food safety law passed by Congress 2 1/2 years ago requires the rules, which are meant to establish better checks on what has long been a scattershot effort at guarding against unsafe food imported from more than 150 countries.

The guidelines the FDA proposed Friday would require U.S. food importers to verify that the foreign companies they import from have the same levels of food safety required in this country.

About 15 percent of the food Americans eat is imported, including about 50 percent of fruits and 20 percent of vegetables.

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