FDA’s Food Protection Plan progress report
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12/02/2008-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on the progress made since the implementation of the Food Protection Plan, launched one year ago. The Plan is designed to address food safety and food defense for both domestic and imported products and covers the full lifecycle of food, by encouraging the building of safety into every step of the food supply chain. The Plan has three core strategies: The prevention of outbreaks of food-borne disease, and intervention and response if they occur.
Here are some of the FDA’s accomplishments from the past year in each core area.
• Prevention. The FDA is establishing offices in five regions that export
food to the
• Intervention. During 2008, the FDA completed inspections of 5,930 high-risk domestic food establishments. Also, the agency developed a rapid detection method that uses flow cytometry to indentify E. coli and Salmonella in food. This method is now being used in poultry-processing facilities to detect and prevent bacterial contamination. The FDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection jointly issued a final rule on Prior Notice of Imported Food Shipments, and an accompanying Compliance Policy Guide on Oct. 31, 2008.
• Response. The FDA continues to work with the industry and the public to
identify best practices for tracing fresh produce throughout the supply
chain. Following the detection of melamine in infant formula and milk
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