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FDA set to overhaul food safety rules for imported fruits, veggies.....MEANING CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

 
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FDA set to overhaul food safety rules for imported fruits, veggies.....MEANING CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday unveiled new rules to combat safety threats in imported foods - an overhaul that represents a sea chance in U.S. treatment of food shipped from other countries.

Draft regulations to be published Monday seek to prevent contaminated foods from entering the country through third-part audits and a new supplier verification program, rather then relying on inspections when products arrive at U.S. ports of entry.

The regulations were drafted in accordance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The nation’s largest food safety update in 70 years, FSMA shifts the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

The FDA in Januaryunveiled proposed rulesfor American-grown and produced food. The rules issued Friday are aimed at the 15 percent of the nation’s food supply that is imported. That includes roughly half of fresh fruit consumed in the U.S. and 20 percent of fresh vegetables.

"We must work toward global solutions to food safety so that whether you serve your family food grown locally or imported you can be confident that it is safe," FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said.

If finalizedas drafted, the plan would designate foreign government agencies or private companies deemed fit to accredit independent, third-party auditors of overseas food facilities. The auditors would be entrusted to issue certifications that FDA would use to decide what food is allowed onto U.S. shores.

The FDA would establish a set of standards that must be met by both the accrediting bodies and the auditors.

The regulations would also place new restrictions on food importers in the U.S. Importers would be required to identify specific risks for each food brought to the U.S. and obtain documentation of its safety through the audits, sampling and testing.

Importers would be obligated to take corrective action if any safety risks are uncovered.

"We will continue to check food at our borders. However, rather than relying almost entirely on FDA's investigators at the po

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50 years of improving food safety

Codex aims to protect consumers’ health and ensure fair practices in the food trade. The Commission, whose collection of food standards is titled the “Codex Alimentarius”, (Latin for ‘food code’), celebrates its 50th anniversary in July 2013. Today, the body encompasses 185 Member States, the European Union, and many observers from other UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

“Improving food safety and nutritional content of food to ensure health of all people in a globalized world remains a challenge for all governments around the world,” says Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director of the WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses. “Codex is operating as a transparent, international forum for consensus building for food safety standards, which is open not only to national food control authorities but to the civil society representing consumers, scientists and food producers.”

Since its creation the Commission has adopted several hundred standards that proved to be critical tools to

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Thank YOU Father in YAHshua/Jesus name to make that codex ALIMENTARIUS unworkable in implementation, especially for developing and 3rd world nations, amen
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Codex Alimentarius Commission approves new standards to protect consumers' health
The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.

Codex also adopted codes on the prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A, a carcinogenic contaminant, in cocoa, guidance on how to avoid microbiological contamination of berries and on use of claims for food that is labeled “non-addition of sodium salts” including “no added salt” on food packages to assist consumers in choosing a healthy diet.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide. Codex standards serve in many cases as a basis for national legislation, and provide the food safety benchmarks for international food trade.

At its annual meeting, held in Rome this year, Codex celebrated its 50th anniversary. The session was attended by 620 delegates from 128 member countries and one member organization, one observer country and 41 international governmental and non-governmental organizations, including UN agencies.

Safe limits on contamination

One of the important work areas for Codex is setting safe limits and giving guidance along the food chain on prevention or reduction of contamination. Food can become contaminated by heavy metals, fungal toxins or bacteria and viruses.

This year the Commission adopted two important codes: prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A (a carcinogenic contaminant) in cocoa and of hydrocyanic acid in cassava, both important products for developing countries.

Fresh berries can be a healthy part of the diet but are also prone to microbiological contamination and have been associated with several foodborne illness outbreaks caused by viruses (Hepatitis A, Norovirus), bacteria (E.coli) and protozoa. The new Cod

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