The Food and Drug Administration outlined new efforts to ensure the safety of food imported into the United States this week, including a data-driven focus on inspections at foreign food facilities.
The FDA said it’s getting better at detecting food safety issues and predicting which important foods are more likely to require testing. That said, the agency plans to introduce new approaches to testing and monitoring foodstuffs before they enter the U.S. food chain.
“Our modern strategy is designed to leverage our different authorities and tools to provide a multi-layered, data-driven, smarter approach to imported food safety,” a statement from FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb and deputy commissioner Frank Yiannas said.
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