FDA proposes food protection plan

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, November 09, 2007

The Interagency Working Group on Import Safety recently presented President Bush with its recommended action plan to improve the safety of imports to the U.S.

The plan contains 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps designed to toughen the way the government polices the $2 trillion worth of imports that arrive on American shores each year from 150 countries.

In conjunction with the Working Group’s action plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the details of a three-part Food Protection Plan. The plan uses science and a risk-based approach of prevention, intervention, and response to ensure the safety of domestic, as well as imported, foods.

The plan calls for enhancing FDA's information systems related to both domestic and imported foods to respond better to food safety threats and communicate during an emergency.

The Food Protection Plan incorporates four cross-cutting principles for comprehensive food protection along the entire production chain:

  • Focusing on risks over a product's life cycle from production to consumption;
  • Targeting resources to achieve greatest risk reduction;
  • Using interventions that address both food safety ( unintentional contamination ) and food defense ( deliberate contamination);
  • Using science and employing modern technology, including enhanced information technology systems.