Knowledge for Development

U.S. food safety policy enters a new era

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Date: 01/05/2012

Introduction:

This note from the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, explains how the recently passed (2011) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) embodies a farm-to-fork, preventive approach that reflects an established scientific/managerial consensus on how to improve food safety systems (i.e. a more comprehensive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process). It argues for more research on food safety initiatives similar to the HACCP process to help guide implementation of the Act. It presses the importance of a positive relationship between scientists and policy makers for more relevant regulations in the food industry.

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