FDA's Taylor: carrying coal to Newcastle and preaching to the choir

02/17/2011 05:33:06 PM
Tom Karst

Finally, FDA can require an accredited third-party certification as a prerequisite for the importation of high-risk foods into the U.S., and we will be prepared to do this when we believe it necessary to protect the health of our consumers.

So, you can see that we envision accredited third-party certification playing a vital role in our future food safety system.

You could say our goal is both straightforward and herculean:

A prevention-oriented, risk-based food safety system that protects our consumers from avoidable harm while preserving their access to the wide array of food choices made possible by today’s global food marketplace.

If we can do that, you may be thinking, maybe we can also do something about the weather."

TK: Taylor is talking blue sky, food safety regulations in the global context in a way that wasn't unpleasing to his audience. Messy details about how much this will cost the industry and how much man hours will be required haven't yet been unveiled. Indeed, as with Taylor's weather reference, it is the calm before the storm.

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