FDA Toughens Up Food Safety Rules to Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

November 13, 2015

New guidelines affect produce farms and food importers.

Foodborne illness outbreaks have dominated headlines lately, from Chipotle and Blue Bell to cucumbers and cheese. That fact certainly isn’t lost on the FDA, which today announced new food safety rules intended to help stem the tide of such disasters.

An FDA press release explains the new rules “for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards.” These rules have been years in the making and will help to realize the vision of a “comprehensive food safety overhaul” laid out by the…