Packaging and bioterrorism

The bioterrorism bill signed into law in June contains a number of provisions designed to strengthen the hands of FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture to deal with potential food-related hazards.

For example, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has been amended to allow FDA to order the detention of food when it appears likely to present a significant threat. Any factory, warehouse, or establishment that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for consumption in the United States must now register with the Department of Health and Human Services and be assigned a registration number. Advance notice of food imports must be provided, including the article, the manufacturer and shipper, the grower, the country of origin of the article and country of origin of shipment, and the anticipated U.S. port of entry. c

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