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FDA Recognizes Australia’s Food Safety System as Comparable
FDA has signed an arrangement with Australia recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable. The agreement, signed with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, is the third in which FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and Canada in 2016.
By recognizing each other’s systems, the FDA and Australian department have confidence that they can leverage each other’s science-based regulatory systems to help ensure food safety. For example, each partner intends to consider the oversight of the other when prioritizing inspection activities, but the benefits go beyond inspection and admissibility. Systems recognition establishes a framework for regulatory cooperation in a variety of areas that range from scientific collaboration to outbreak response.
Published: 24/1/2017 – Quality Assurance and Food Safety