U.S. and Mexico to tighten food safety controls
Under the terms of the arrangement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administriation (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Mexico's Secretar¿de Agricultura, Ganader¿ Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentaci¿n (SAGARPA) and Secretar¿de Salud (SSA) will enhance their existing food safety partnership through expanding programs, sharing information and coordinating specific activities. FDA, SSA and SAGARPA will cooperate to share information on the sources of fresh produce and to investigate the causes of any contamination of these products. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Foreign Agriculture Service and SAGARPA will take steps to ensure the safety of meat, poultry and egg products in both countries. These efforts are expected to ensure that borders remain open and that safe products continue to flow freely between the countries. The agencies will also collaborate on other specific projects to achieve common understanding on issues of mutual concern.