At long last, the Food and Drug Administration is planning to unveil new regulations for the safety of imported food on July 26.

While the proposed regulation has not been published on or the Federal Register pre-publication site, the agency has announced a press conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on July 26 to announce “major steps toward improving the safety of imported food, helping to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health.”

FDA officials slated to speak include FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg and deputy commissioner Michael Taylor.

The Food Safety Campaign at the Pew Charitable Trusts recently said the CDC has reported that 15% percent of the food we consume is produced in other countries, include nearly two-thirds of all fruits and vegetables.

Pew said CDC stats show that since FSMA was passed in January 2011, eight of the 19 reported multistate outbreaks of FDA-regulated products have been linked to imported products, including cucumbers, mangoes, raw scraped tuna product and pine nuts.

This pending regulation is sure to be a hot topic for industry conversation. In that vein, there are nearly 800 members of The Packer Market today. Check out some pictures I’ve posted from my trip to the Northwest.