Consumers’ faith in the safety of the food they buy is priceless.
The price fruit and vegetable importers must pay for inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act, however, is becoming clear — and potentially costly.
New rules relating to administrative detention and prior notice requirements, which took effect July 3 with the effective date of the food safety law, look to promise increased industry fees for the heightened scrutiny.
The fees announced by the Food and Drug Administration in early August (scheduled to go into affect in October) apply to domestic and foreign facility reinspections, failure to comply with a recall order, and importer reinspections.
Given the budget situation in Washington, D.C., it’s not unreasonable in principle for the industry to foot some of the bill for safe fresh fruits and vegetables.