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Health Agencies Update
November 26, 2003

Seat Belt Sentinels

JAMA. 2003;290(20):2655. doi:10.1001/jama.290.20.2655-a

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new effort to protect the US food supply. Beginning December 12, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption must register with the agency, and food importers must provide the FDA with advance notice of shipments imported or offered for import.

These requirements will alert the agency to any incoming shipments of food and enable the agency to identify food processors linked to deliberate or accidental food contamination. The FDA also is working with US Customs and Border Protection to implement these regulations.

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