December 2, 2008

 

US to beef up food safety regulations
 
 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a plan in order to improve food safety.

 

The plan aims to address new threats to the food safety system, said the FDA in a report.

 

The FDA said it is seeking legislative changes to allow the hiring of private-sector inspectors, issue mandatory recalls and require food facilities to register with the FDA every two years.

 

The report said rising food imports, increasing consumption of convenience foods, and new food-borne pathogens are among the challenges faced.

 

"To address these challenges, we must move toward a food safety and defence system that is more proactive and strategic," said the report.