U.S. FDA renews food and feed safety agreement with China

The U.S. and China have extended a food and feed safety agreement for another five years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

The agreement aims to increase cooperation between the FDA and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). It includes cooperating on food facility inspection, an increased focus on “high-risk foods” exported to the U.S. such as canned foods, and increasing the FDA’s ability to identify high risk foods, according to a statement.

It also helps create processes for the U.S. to get verified information from China in regard to certification and registration.

The agreement originally was signed in 2008. Soon after, FDA opened several offices in China to facilitate the partnership. Since the agreement was signed, FDA has increased inspections of food facilities in China, from zero in 2007 to 85 last year.

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