It’s being reported that the Food and Drug Administration will establish its first office in China before the end of the year. It’s part of a broader plan to assure the safety of imports from the developing world. Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach says the FDA plans to place more than 60 food and drug regulators worldwide over the next year. The main focus will be on India, Latin America and the Middle East. The plan for permanent outposts marks a break from the agency’s current practice of sending inspectors abroad on individual assignments. The FDA has been criticized for lax oversight for a good reason after a string of safety problems with imported products, including contaminated blood-thinning drugs. Many health and safety experts – as well as numerous consumer advocates – believe the FDA needs a major overhaul and hopefully that will happen next year.
Source: Associated Press
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