Commend FDA for Proposing New Safety Rules for Food Imports

food imports

Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Commend the FDA for proposing new rules that will help confirm the safety and sanitation of imported food products, and encourage them to put these new regulations into law

On July 26, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release listing a number of proposals intended to put a stop to unsanitary or hazardous food imports.  If the proposals are put into action, companies that import food products from foreign countries will become responsible for evaluating whether their foods meet the safety standards set by the FDA. These importers will also need to show awareness of food safety by creating a plan for food imports, including information about the potential hazards of specific foods and demonstrating that they can prevent and control these hazards.

If enacted, this will be a great improvement to consumer safety regulations because food safety tests will now be held on a much larger scale. Thus, tainted food has a much greater chance of being discovered, allowing U.S. companies to stop the sale of these products before they make their way into someone’s stomach. Seeing the results of food tests will also show food companies the quality of their imports and help them evaluate whether to continue importing from that source. Then, because there is a chance of being rejected by U.S. importers if their food does not meet standards, foreign food producers will also be encouraged to produce and/or prepare their food in healthier, more sanitary ways.

By signing this petition you will help commend the FDA for proposing new safety regulations for food imports and encourage them to put these proposals into action.


To the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

I have recently heard of your new proposals for food import regulation and I would like to commend you for your efforts to improve the health and lives of U.S. consumers. I understand that if enacted, the new rules will compel food companies to conduct safety tests on their food imports and to demonstrate their food safety awareness through plans targeting the prevention and control of food hazards.

I look forward to seeing food safety tests conducted on a much larger scale as it would increase the chances of tainted food being discovered before it is sold to consumers.  I believe it would also decrease the flow of tainted imports coming into the U.S. as food importers would be compelled to seek only the most reliable, safe food sources and food suppliers from foreign countries would be encouraged to use healthier and more sanitary methods of food production to avoid rejection by U.S. importers.


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