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US food safety regulations are out of date, report says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.952/g (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:952
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    Food safety regulations in the United States are out of date, inflexible, and erratically enforced. Federal and state criteria on food safety that were developed over decades in response to different problems and concerns need to be linked to specific public health goals, and new criteria should be established on the basis of the latest scientific data and methods, says a report from the US Institute of Medicine.

    “Our scientific knowledge is emerging faster than the regulatory system. There is need for flexibility in drafting and enforcing the regulations,” said Dr Samuel Earl …

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