The FDA is strengthening its efforts at predicting which food imports are more vulnerable to problems.
The agency is making a new effort to ensure the safety of imported food, including the use of predictive risk modeling to identify if certain foods need to be tested or stopped at the border, USA Today reports.
"Our modern strategy is designed to leverage our different authorities and tools to provide a multi-layered, data-driven, smarter approach to imported food safety," FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb and deputy commissioner Frank Yiannas said in a written statement.
USA Today reports that among the ways the FDA works to ensure food imported is safe is by having on-site inspections overseas, requiring importers to verify that their suppliers are meeting U.S. food safety standards.
In addition, the agency is using data more effectively and efficiently to predict which products and suppliers to use their resources on, allowing food supply to become safer.