FDA seeks broader regulatory powers
Last Updated: Monday, December 1, 2008 | 2:34 PM ET
Source of Article: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008/12/01/fda-report.html
In a report
released on Monday, U.S.
authorities propose beefing up regulatory registrations and hiring
third-party inspectors in a bid to protect the food supply chain.
The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration said its plan aims to address new threats to the food
food imports, increasing consumption of convenience foods, and new foodborne pathogens are among the challenges we
face," the report said.
address these challenges, we must move toward a food safety and defence system that is more proactive and
detailed its preventive measures already passed, including approving
irradiation for produce as well as the creation of overseas offices in China,
India, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
But the FDA
noted it is also seeking legislative changes that would allow the federal
agency to hire private-sector inspectors, issue mandatory recalls and require
food facilities to register with the FDA every two years.
agency has faced considerable scrutiny for its handlings of foodborne illnesses and recalls of tainted imported
products. Earlier this year, the FDA struggled to find the source of a
salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,300 people. More recently, the
FDA changed its stance on the health hazards of melamine, saying the chemical
was safe in very small amounts.