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Health Agencies Update
October 22/29, 2014

Tweaking Proposed Food Safety Rules

JAMA. 2014;312(16):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13253

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued revisions to 4 proposed rules that will implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it (http://1.usa.gov/1mkWNcQ).

The rules address produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and “foreign supplier verification programs.” The revisions, which are based on the input received from an outreach effort to farmers and others directly affected by the rules, are meant to make the original proposals more flexible, practical, and targeted.

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