FDA proposes new rules to require imported foods to meet U.S. safety standards

The FDA has proposed broad rules that would put the burden of ensuring that foreign food imports are safe on the U.S. companies importing the food, which is the last big piece of rule making necessary to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act. Under the proposed rule, large importers such as Wal-Mart and Cargill would be required to ensure that foreign producers whose food they import meet U.S. safety standards by performing audits, reviewing records and testing foods. The rule for the first time requires imported food to meet the same standards as food produced in the U.S.

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