U.S. Food and Drug Administration Collaborates with China on Food Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an Agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America, which includes the FDA, and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People’s Republic of China on the Safety of Food and Feed.
Both the U.S. and China realized the importance of their collaboration to ensure the safety of their citizens. Originally signed in 2007, the renewed agreement between the U.S. FDA and China will protect the safety and health of consumers and animals in the U.S. and China to “prevent, intervene, and respond to any safety issues related to food and feed exported from one country to another.” This agreement continues the relationship between the FDA and China for another 5 years.
Since the agreement was first signed, the U.S. FDA has worked closely with China to discuss food safety issues. In 2008, the U.S. FDA established offices in China in order to address these concerns.
Both the U.S. FDA and China recognize the amount of improvements that can be made with this collaboration. Both sides hope to enhance confidence in safety of food and feed exported from one country to another.
The U.S. FDA continues to enhance measures on food safety. The U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives FDA more authority to ensure that foods consumed in the U.S. are safe. With this new law, the U.S. FDA is required to double the number of foreign food facility inspections each year from 2011 to 2016. FSMA also gives FDA the authority to collect re-inspection fees and suspend a company’s registration which fails to comply. (Read about the FDA Suspending a Food Facility’s Registration for the First Time).
** Read more about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)