10 Oct '11, 2am

Tainted Mexican Papayas Prompt FDA Border Alert

Tainted Mexican Papayas Prompt FDA Border Alert

An FDA alert instructed border representatives to deny entry to shipments of papayas from Mexico unless importers provide proof of the shipment's safety by a validated laboratory. The FDA acted after finding that 15.6 percent of tested samples, were contaminated with Salmonella. The samples were supplied from nearly all producing areas in Mexico, leading experts to conclude that the contamination was widespread. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Helps Protect Imports The new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act , which takes steps to vastly improve food safety on imports, empowers FDA with the ability to detain foods at the border. "This authority strengthens significantly the FDA's ability to keep potentially harmful food from reaching U.S. consumers," said FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Mike Taylor. "It is a prime example of how the new food safety law allows FDA to buil...

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