(James Andrews – Food Safety News)
Today, 15% of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80% of seafood and 50% of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy.
Part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to verify that imported foods meet the same safety standards to which the domestic food industry is held. Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, visited China last week to meet with food safety authorities in Beijing to discuss collaboration between regulatory systems. Read more here.