FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rules

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules to prevent foodborne illnesses. Every year in the United States one in six people suffer from some type of foodborne illness.

The first rule would require makers of food sold in the United States, whether produced at a foreign- or a domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing a foodborne illness.

A second proposed rule would establish enforceable safety standards for farms, ensuring they would adhere to science- and risk-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables.

The FDA is asking the public to comment on the proposed rules.