FDA to Hold Public Hearing on Partnerships to Enhance the Safety of Imported Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it will hold a public hearing on February 14-15, 2017, in College Park, Maryland, regarding strategic partnerships to enhance the safety of food imported into the United States.

FDA recognizes the importance of strengthening the existing collaborations among food safety regulators (federal, state, local, territorial, tribal and foreign) to achieve public health goals. The public hearing will provide an opportunity for FDA to receive input from stakeholders as it develops, expands, and refines partnership activities related to imported foods. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has provided FDA with new authorities to help ensure that imported foods meet the same safety standards as foods produced domestically. While the FSMA regulations are not the subject of this public hearing, the initiatives that will be discussed align with and support FSMA implementation.

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