Thursday, March 5, 2009

Food Safety Reform Bill Includes New Fees, Importer Requirements

(World Trade Interactive)

New legislation introduced in the Senate March 3 would overhaul federal efforts to ensure the safety of imported and domestic food. A joint press release from the bill’s Republican and Democratic sponsors states that the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act responds to recent outbreaks of food-borne illness and nationwide recalls of contaminated food from both foreign and domestic sources. The bill includes numerous provisions including the requirement that importers to verify the safety of foreign suppliers and imported food. Read more here.