The volume and variety of foods imported into and exported from the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. The rules of international trade continue to change as they adjust to the world's economy. As a result, FDA has developed new strategies and assumed more responsibilities related to global food safety.
FDA also has in place multiple agreements with other U.S. government agencies—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—to ensure clarity of jurisdiction and responsibilities.
Information about the harmonization of laws, regulations, and standards between and among our nation's trading partners. Visit this section to learn more about systems recognition and FDA's participation in the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Learn how FDA provides information about U.S. laws, regulations, and policies to foreign governments, industry, and the global public health community to enhance international understanding of food safety.
An overview of the program, including criteria for short-term and long-term visits and what potential visitors can expect.
Links to information about FDA's international programs, standard-setting bodies, international organizations, and other U.S. agencies with related responsibilities.
Select agreements between FDA and other federal agencies, including links to Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) currently in place.