The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its anticipated Food Protection Plan, subtitled “An integrated strategy for protecting the nation’s food supply.” Through integration with the “Import Safety Action Plan,” the combined plans address safety for both domestic and imported food products.
As the title suggests, the emphasis of the plan is on measures that can be increased, rebuilt or added to maximize an overall food safety approach. The three components of the plan are: 1. prevention—“build safety in from the start”; 2. intervention—“risk-based inspections and testing”; and 3. response—“rapid reaction, effective communication.”
1. In the area of prevention, FDA intends:
To pursue this prevention agenda, FDA seeks the legislative authority:
To assist in the identification of food vulnerability, risk assessment and effective mitigation techniques, FDA intends:
No changes in legislative authority are anticipated to pursue these prevention objectives.
2. To advance the objective of increased and better inspections, sampling and surveillance, FDA intends:
Legislative changes sought by FDA to effect its goal of better inspections include:
3. To implement the third element of the plan:
FDA concludes by stating, “FDA will aggressively pursue the Food Protection Plan, so that U.S. consumers can be assured that their food remains among the safest in the world.”
Mark S. Hostetler is an attorney at Blackwell Sanders LLP. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.