U.S. health officials announce plan to monitor food

March 25, 2003 in Nutrition Topics in the News

U.S. health officials announce plan to monitor food

U.S. health officials are planning to increase surveillance of domestic food production and sample imported foods as part of a national plan announced this week to protect against terrorism.

Dubbed Operation Liberty Shield, the plan was put in effect as the U.S. began operations in Iraq. According to government officials, the plan was designed to protect citizens and the national infrastructure with minimal disruption to everyday life.

As part of the plan, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed 800 new inspectors and field personnel into action to monitor domestic food production and sample imported foods. Along with the increasing surveillance, the FDA also released four guidance documents to help enhance security at places ranging from bakeries to vending machines and cosmetic stores.

The documents included two final sets of guidelines for food processors, distributors and firms that import or store foods, and two proposed set of guidelines for stores and establishments that sell food and cosmetics to the public.

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