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FDA Establishes New Rules to Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

FDA Establishes New Rules to Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The new rules will require importers and producers to verify cleanliness of their food

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Foodborne illnesses sicken and threaten the lives of thousands of people every year.

In the wake of multiple food-borne illness outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration released a new set of regulations Friday regarding the safety and cleanliness of produce and imported foods. The rules will operate as primary prevention against outbreaks. This type of front-line action is vital, considering the FDA and CDC often can only respond after people have already fallen ill from contaminated food.

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Foodborne illness outbreaks not only sicken and hospitalize hundreds, they can also be deadly. Recently, an outbreak of Salmonella from imported cucumbers crossed state lines, sickening hundreds and killing four Americans. It is precisely these types of dangerous outbreaks that the new rules hope to prevent. “For the first time these rules are going to require producers, growers, and importers to ensure that the food they produce or import has minimal contamination,” said Sarah Eskin, director of food safety research at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Prior to this new law, food importers were rarely held responsible for the safety of their products. Now, with random spot testing, health officials will be able to stop outbreaks at the source before food even enters stores. Given that more than half of all fresh fruit and 22 percent of fresh vegetables consumed in the United States are imported, this new law is essential to making our food system safer.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by fellow Daily Meal editorial staff member Dan Myers.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.


FDA Issues New Rules to Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

A new set of rules has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight against foodborne illnesses. The organization references the millions of Americans affected by tainted produce each year as the reason for the new rules.

The rules come as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The legislation ensures that those who import produce verify that the produce is in accordance with U.S. safety standards. Auditors are also now tasked with inspecting foreign food facilities to confirm that all safety measures are being taken. This is the first time enforceable rules have been put in place to govern these bodies.

The goal is prevention, and the FDA believes these rules will help farmers identify problems prior to them getting to the public. This could potentially be a major step forward, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that close to 50 million Americans are said to be sickened from foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, 3,000 end up dying and over 100,000 are hospitalized.

The rules that speak specifically to the overall Food Safety Modernization Act are called the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule, according to a release by the FDA.

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, is hopeful that these precautions will save lives:

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Taylor.

The Act also includes provisions for the health and hygiene of employees, wild and domestic animals, equipment safety, and water quality requirements. Visiting farms and listening to feedback is what helped the FDA design the rules. They claim that if the rules are followed, less people will become sick and die from preventable foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. has a significant percentage of its food imported. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of its fruits, 20% of its fresh vegetables and close to 20% of its overall food is imported.

The ultimate success of the Act depends on full funding of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request.