The Food and Drug Administration has recognized Australia as having a food safety system comparable to that of the U.S.
Australia recognized the U.S. food safety system in the same manner, an exchange that allows for streamlined regulatory cooperation in outbreak response, scientific collaboration and other areas, according to a news release.
The U.S. has also recognized New Zealand and Canada as having comparable food safety systems — New Zealand in 2012 and Canada in 2016. U.S. and Mexican officials are working on a similar agreement.
Recognition follows a process of review that examines a country’s inspection programs, relevant regulations, response to food-related outbreaks, compliance with and enforcement of laws, and laboratory support.
Australia is still required to comply with all relevant U.S. requirements for imports, including Food Safety Modernization Act standards.