Exporting food to the US: US regulators take a risk-based approach to imported food

August 2010
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At a glance

PwC's analysis of how US regulators take a risk-based approach to imported food, stepping up scrutiny that could trigger higher standards and stronger incentives to ensure food safety. Food companies should set high food safety standards to protect their brands, win the loyalty of customers and gain a competitive edge.

Highlights

  • If the US Congress adopts pending legislation, US regulators will get more power to investigate and prevent food-borne illnesses that arise from imported foods.
  • US regulators are already taking a riskbased approach, targeting foods linked to previous outbreaks and those produced in countries linked to exports of tainted foods.
  • Food growers around the world could face new mandates under a rule that US regulators plan to propose in October 2010.