The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s secretary Janet Napolitano announced the creation of the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, dedicated to ensuring the safety of imported food.
The Center is a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility designed to streamline and enhance federal efforts to address import safety issues.
On the Department’s website, Napolitano explains that the new center “will enhance the inspection of goods entering [the U.S.] by centralizing and strengthening federal efforts to protect U.S. consumers.”
The new facility reflects the three core principles announced by President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group in July: prevention, surveillance and response.
Created in March, the Working Group was tasked with advising President Obama on how to upgrade the U.S. food safety system for the 21st century.