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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

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Susan Kohn Ross

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Andrew Hudson



FDA Expands To Mexico

The FDA has announced the opening of an office in Mexico City to help ensure the safety of food and medical products entering the United States from Mexico. In making the announcement, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg observed that more than one-third of fresh fruit and vegetable imports in the United States come from Mexico, as do a large quantity of medical devices. FDA currently has offices in Santiago, Chile, and San Jose, Costa Rica, to go along with the seven other offices across China, India, and Europe that all were opened in the last 13 months.

As has been the case elsewhere, the setup is not primarily designed for FDA staff to interact with the trading public. Rather, FDA staff are focused on working with Mexican government officials to harmonize regulations and guidance standards and on other collaborative initiatives, such as data sharing and joint training regarding food-borne illnesses.

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