Strategy to Modernize Overseeing of Imported Food
The FDA Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food (PDF) represents a paradigm shift in the handling of food from other countries, emphasizing a proactive response instead of the traditional reactionary approach. This strategy is guided by the following goals:
- Goal 1: Food Offered for Import Meets U.S. Food Safety Requirements
- Goal 2: FDA Border Surveillance Prevents Entry of Unsafe Foods
- Goal 3: Rapid and Effective Response to Unsafe Imported Food
- Goal 4: Effective and Efficient Food Import Program
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Which Foods are Imported into the U.S.?
Faced with an ever-growing population and radically increased consumer demand, many of the foods that end up on our store shelves may be imported rather than produced in the U.S. The past 15 years have been marked by increasing reliance on foreign sources for our sustenance, as consumers demand more products that are either not locally available or not grown fast enough to meet their needs. The U.S. imports a wide variety of foods, including fish and shellfish, fruits and nuts, vegetables and red meat.
What’s the Problem with Imported Foods?
While food safety problems can result from both domestic and imported foods, the volume and variety of imported products, compounded by a complex multi-tiered global supply chain, make food safety problems extremely challenging to tackle. Additionally, an increasingly interconnected global marketplace presents greater opportunity for economic fraud and food defense concerns than ever before. Moreover, many countries that export food into the U.S. may have different food safety protocols, using different standards and regulatory capacities.
Food Poisoning Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the U.S., approximately:
- 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses;
- 128,000 are hospitalized;
- 3,000 die from complications of food poisoning;
- Many others are harmed by chemical and physical hazards associated with food intake;
- Animals also suffer illness and injury related to food.
Do I Have a Food Poisoning Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in food poisoning lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and botulism cases in all 50 states.
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