FDA’s Strategies for the Global Marketplace
(Food Safety News – Helena Bottemiller)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a new report this week outlining the ways the agency is trying to fulfill its mission globally. Though the report, titled “Global Engagement Report,” covers the broad swath of FDA-regulated products, including medical devices, drugs and cosmetics, it also details some of the agency’s key food safety initiatives abroad.
“As our world transforms and becomes increasingly globalized, we must come together in new, unprecedented, even unexpected, ways to build a public health safety net for consumers around the world,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
As FDA points out, the agency is charged with regulating products from more than 150 countries, 130,000 importers and 300,000 foreign facilities. Since 2005, food imports have grown year over year by an average of 10 percent. Read more here.
Date: April 25, 2012