This new requirement will provide the agency with more information about foods that are being imported, which improves the FDA’s ability to target foods that may pose a significant risk to public health.
This new reporting requirement will be administered through the FDA’s prior notice system for incoming shipments of imported food established under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.
With prior notice, in the event of a credible threat for a specific product or a specific manufacturer or processor, the FDA is able to mobilize and assist in the detention and removal of products that may pose a serious health threat to humans or animals.
“The new information on imports can help the FDA make better informed decisions in managing the potential risks of imported food entering the United States,” Taylor says. “These rules will be followed later this year and next year by a series of proposed rules for both domestic and imported food that will help the FDA continue building the new food safety system called for by Congress.”
The issuance of these rules is the latest accomplishment of FDA in implementing the new food safety law. In April, the FDA launched a consumer-friendly web search engine for recall information and issued the first annual report to Congress describing FDA’s activities in protecting the U.S. food supply. FDA also released a guidance document to the seafood industry on ways to reduce or eliminate food safety hazards.
In addition, since the law was signed, the FDA has held two large public meetings with industry and consumer groups on the import and preventive control provisions of the law, and reached out extensively to partners in other federal, state, and foreign governments.
U.S. Foodservice In
U.S. Foodservice has acquired the local restaurant distribution business of White Apron, a supplier and processor of premium fresh meats based in Brea, CA. The business will be integrated into the U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles division in La Mirada, CA.
“The addition of the White Apron local restaurant distribution business will expand our customer base to include some of the leading restaurants in Southern California,” says Gene Steffes, division president, U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles. “White Apron will continue to operate as a wholesale meat supplier and processor, supplying high-quality meats that help U.S. Foodservice customers succeed.”
White Apron will be a preferred supplier to U.S. Foodservice of premium fresh meats in the Southern California market. In addition, White Apron will continue to service its retail and other non-distribution customers.
Last month, U.S. Foodservice acquired Great Western Meats, a broadline foodservice distributor and provider of fresh-cut portion meats in Central Florida. Great Western Meats operates two facilities in Orlando—a distribution warehouse and meat cutting facility. The warehouse will integrate into the recently expanded U.S. Foodservice distribution center in Port Orange, FL, in July.
The meat cutting facility will continue to operate and will provide fresh-cut meats for U.S. Foodservice’s customers in Florida under the Stock Yards brand name. U.S. Foodservice’s meat cutting operation in Clearwater,FL, will close June 24 and that volume will be transferred to Great Western Meats’ facility, which will be renamed Stock Yards-Florida.
“The addition of the Great Western Meats broadline foodservice business and meat cutting operation will expand our customer base and presence across the Orlando area,” says Keith Campbell, region president, U.S. Foodservice-Florida. “In addition, Great Western Meats’ customers will now have access to more than 14,000 products and the entire range of services offered by U.S. Foodservice-Port Orange.”
Volatile Fuel Prices Top
Fleet Manager’s Concerns
Corporate fleet managers rate higher and more volatile fuel prices as their top concern in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services, Eden Prairie, MN. More than a quarter of respondents (29 percent) said the recent spike in fuel prices has made this issue their top concern, up from 12 percent a year ago.