President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at increasing the federal government’s database for the nation’s food security and protecting consumers from food fraud.
The order directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a database of food information and products to support federal food safety initiatives, including those focused on food safety inspections.
The president’s order directs USDA to conduct a study of the best practices for implementing the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Food Information Security Program and develop a plan to implement the program’s most-commonly-used information security protocols, the USDA said in a release.
The program is a key tool for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure food safety is protected, the release said.
The Food and Food Services Administration, which runs the program, has long had a database that provides information on food items that are labeled or advertised as safe, according to a recent USDA report.
But the new database will help the USDA better identify food products that might be contaminated, or to prevent food from entering the food supply that could be a potential safety hazard, the statement said.
For example, if someone were to accidentally eat an item labeled “free of GMOs” or “vegan,” for example, the food could be contaminated and potentially unsafe for people with compromised immune systems, the agency said.
A new database is an important step toward that goal, according the Food Security and Nutrition Board, which advises the White House on food security.
The new database “is essential for the FSFIS to continue to be able to protect consumers from potentially unsafe food,” the board said in its 2017 report.
The FSFISS is a separate entity from the USDA’s National Center for Food Security Education, which helps improve food safety for consumers.
The FDA oversees the FSSIS and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the act that provides regulatory oversight of food products.
The FSIS is responsible for ensuring the food safety of food that is labeled as food by federal, state, and local food inspectors.
The food inspection program helps ensure food meets certain standards, according FSFIST.
Under the FFSIS, food must be labeled as “healthy” or as “safe” to be sold in a store or a food service establishment.
If the food is unsafe, the FSIS will alert the FDA.
In addition, the FDA will issue alerts to food companies if there is a concern that food is adulterated, the FISIS said in the 2017 report, which was released by the FASC, the Food Standards Association.
The USDA also launched a Food Safety Training Center in 2017, which aims to provide nutrition information and nutrition education to food manufacturers and food retailers, the report said.
Food manufacturers and retailers can also report food safety incidents to the FSISS by calling 1-800-FSSIS.