The Food and Drug Administration’s new rule to help people avoid food-borne illness, which will take effect July 1, is the most comprehensive effort yet to tackle the rising number of food-related deaths, illnesses and injuries that occur in the U.S. The new rule includes more than 40 specific recommendations and guidelines, including the use of hand sanitizers, hand-washing, using masks, using hand sanitizing agents, washing hands after contact with raw food and avoiding products containing raw or undercooked meat, seafood, dairy or eggs.
In fact, it’s one of the biggest rules of its kind ever.
“This is a huge step forward in the fight against foodborne illness,” said Richard Anderson, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
“We’ve been doing this for the last 25 years.”
The agency’s proposal will help consumers stay ahead of emerging foodborne outbreaks.
While the rule is still being finalized, the FDA says that by 2020, a quarter of Americans will be sickened by a food-producing plant, such as a meat producer or an egg producer, and an additional 15 percent of Americans could be affected by a contaminant that comes from a plant.
But the rule does not apply to raw or processed food, so it is unlikely that this number will change much, and it will be up to individual consumers to decide if they want to avoid eating these types of foods.
The rule also requires that manufacturers post information about the use and ingredients of products, such for example on packaging and on food labels.
“This is the first step to actually making sure we have a plan in place that will prevent foodborne illnesses from occurring,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, a Democrat.
The rule is a significant change in the way food is manufactured, packaged and sold, with the goal of reducing the number of people who become sick from food-based illness, and the costs to taxpayers, according to the agency.
“There is a clear need to improve the health and safety of food,” Kessler said.
“The food supply needs to be treated like any other supply, whether it’s medicine, food, alcohol or any other food product.”
The rule will require manufacturers to have a health and manufacturing plan, including information about their food manufacturing practices and how it will protect the health of the food.
Currently, the rules focus primarily on food-processing plants, and many people assume that these plants will not be impacted by the rule.
But there are a few manufacturing facilities in the United States that can be affected.
For example, the largest of these facilities is in the northern part of Texas.
It’s home to Tyson Foods Inc., a company that makes meat, eggs and poultry products.
In February, Tyson Foods said that it would move some of its operations from Texas to Mexico, in order to meet the requirements of the new rule.
According to a statement released by Tyson, it will also start making improvements in the facility, such working with health and environmental experts, installing new and improved facilities, and using materials that do not contaminate with potentially hazardous materials.
This is one of many steps the FDA is taking to help consumers, but the agency is also asking for more information about how the industry will comply with the rule, such how the food will be stored and how the products will be distributed.
“FDA will continue to monitor and monitor as the rule becomes final,” Kessler added.
“Food safety will be our top priority as we implement the rule.”
The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed by President Donald Trump, has also put a focus on food safety.
The bill has expanded the scope of the agency’s authority to require labeling of products to include the presence of contaminants, such additives, flavors and preservatives, and increased inspections of food products that are not labeled.
Read more about the food safety rule: How can I protect myself from foodborne disease? Read more What are the food-safety recommendations in the rule?
Here are some examples: – Avoid eating raw or cooked meat or seafood, particularly when you have been exposed to it.
– Wash your hands after touching raw meat, fish, poultry or eggs, and wear masks and gloves.
– Wash hands after you eat meat, shellfish or eggs from a contaminated surface.
– Do not eat raw or uncooked poultry, eggs or seafood that has been undercooked.
What do the recommendations include?
In general, the rule requires that: 1.
Food-based products be labeled with the presence or absence of a specific contaminant.
Food manufacturers have a safety plan that outlines how food will prevent or treat illness.
Products labeled with additives, flavoring or preservatives must be used for a specified amount of time or tested for the presence and/or absence of contaminants.
Products containing raw meat or fish, shellac,