FDA sends inspectors abroad
December 11, 2008
In order to better protect consumers at home, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened its first overseas office in China. The FDA is sending staff members overseas to work with importers and foreign regulatory agencies to guard against such hazards as contaminated animal feed and dairy products containing melamine. It will start with at least eight American employees, in addition to Chinese hires, in three offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, to certify inspections of U.S.-bound Chinese exports, according to officials. Though officials said they weren’t targeting a particular country, many recent scandals have originated in China due to almost non-existent local food and drug regulations.