UPDATED: Mexico signs food safety statement with U.S. - The Packer

UPDATED: Mexico signs food safety statement with U.S.

07/25/2014 12:27:00 PM
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“United has been working with FDA and border associations in support of increased cooperation, and we look forward to continued progress under this agreement.”

At the Produce Marketing Association, former FDA official and PMA vice president for food safety and technology Jim Gorny said the document is a step toward an integrated and harmonized approach.

FDACourtesy FDAFDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, (foreground), and Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner, visit the Monteblanco facility of Hongos de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., one of Mexico’s largest fresh mushroom producers.“As our largest fresh produce trading partner, Mexico is an important contributor to the global produce supply chain and assuring continuity of commerce with the implementation of the new Food Safety Modernization Act needs to be high priority for both government and industry,” Gorny said.

Hamburg noted in her blog that about a third of the foods regulated by FDA come from Mexico. The FDA estimates about $4.6 billion in fresh vegetables and $3.1 billion in fresh fruits, excluding bananas, are exported to the U.S. annually.

Hamburg also described a stop she and Taylor made at a mushroom growing operation, Hongos de Mexico, that exports part of its daily production of 60,000 pounds of mushrooms to the U.S.

“In addition to being an enlightening education on the process of growing and packing mushrooms, our visit to the Monteblanco facility was a living example of the critical role the private sector plays to ensure the safety of products for consumers in the U.S. and around the world,” Hamburg wrote in her blog.

“(The) Produce Safety Partnership Statement of Intent is just the latest example of the successful collaboration to reduce the increased risk of foodborne illnesses that naturally comes with a more globalized market. The partnership will support our work to implement preventive practices and verification measures to ensure the safety of fresh and minimally produced fruits and vegetables.”

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Produce guy    
Texas  |  July, 28, 2014 at 09:18 AM

Considering that a huge portion of the produce we consume in the U.S. comes from Mexico, I this is definitely a step in the right direction.

florida  |  July, 28, 2014 at 09:55 AM

yes a step in the right direction and a long time coming but who trusts our politicians to do the job right and I definitely do not trust the Mexican politicians to honestly assure food safety,another area for corruption. With so many American companies in Mexico food safety will be a priority but not for everyone.Think clean water for all growers,were still told don't drink the water wash your vegetables with it.

florida  |  July, 30, 2014 at 07:25 AM

When you buy Mexican produce, much of that money is going directly to the violent drug cartels. These cartels control many of the trucking routes and collect "tolls" and "protection money" from the Mexican growers who export to the US.

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