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New tools would would advance efforts on safety of imported foods


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration has published a proposed rule and a draft guidance document to support a new program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that would help eligible foreign entities demonstrate that imported food meets U.S. food safety requirements.

Audits and certifications for eligible foreign entities under this program will be used by importers applying for expedited review through the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), and may also be required by FDA as a condition of granting imported food admission into the United States when certain food safety risks have been identified, said the release.