FDA Wants Tougher Safety Rules for Imported Foods

Compliance expected to cost industries $480 million


The Food and Drug Administration is tightening up imported food safety rules to ensure any food produced in another country meets the same safety standards as food made on American soil.

The two new rule proposals from the FDA were released Friday in an effort to further implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed by President Obama.

The FDA has estimated it will cost industries more than $480 million to implement the proposed new rules.