2004N-0258 - Produce Safety from Production of Consumption: An Action Plan to Minimize Foodbourne Illness Associated with Fresh Produce; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC4
Submitter : Mr. ARTURO CALDERON Date & Time: 07/28/2004 11:07:01
Organization : SECRETARIAT OF AGRICULTURE-SAGARPA-MEXICO
International Government
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Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
On behalf of the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and its agencies involved in the process of food safety, we would like to submit the following comments.

Since the year 2000 food safety has become a major focus of SAGARPA, which has put into place a very ambitious policy with regard to food safety. A new Directorate General has been created which is now working aggressively and intensively to ensure the safety of fresh produce and livestock products.

Currently Mexico supplies more than 3 billion dollars of fresh produce to the United States, and in several products (tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, avocados, and mangoes, to name but a few), Mexico is an important supplier to the US market.

The Government?s food safety policies are being adopted not only to protect the safety of Mexico?s population, but to protect the safety of our main trading partners? population too. Therefore, we submit these comments hoping they will be taken into consideration by the FDA.