Over the next 18 months, FDA will increase its inspections of foreign food facilities as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. FDA staff from the U.S. will join with foreign-based FDA personnel to conduct these exams. These inspections are designed to identify potential food safety problems before products arrive in the United States. The inspections will focus on “high-risk food establishments” – those establishments that handle foods which FDA deems possess a high potential to cause harm from their consumption. These foods include acidified and low acid canned foods, seafood, dairy products including soft and semi-soft cheeses and cheese products, fresh and processed fruits and vegetables among others.
For further information, including an extensive FAQ, on the upcoming inspections, please go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/InternationalActivities/ucm211823.htm