The final rule establishes a voluntary program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies (CBs) to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications for foreign facilities, and the foods – for both people and animals -- that they produce."
- safety risks associated with the food product,
- food safety risks associated with the country, region, or origin of the food, and
- the capability of the regulatory system of the exporting nation to ensure compliance with FDA safety standards. FDA intends to use this tool in limited circumstances.”
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