United States Department of Agriculture, domestic food sourcing, livestock production, organic produced food market, food labeling, food safety, food production

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This article summarizes significant changes and developments in food law throughout the second half of 2007. The previous edition of the Food Law Update noted the recent increase in imported food and the resulting stress placed on food safety agencies and customs officials. Detailed inspections of every food shipment entering the United States would quickly exhaust limited agency resources and cripple efficient international trade of food products. On the other hand, after several well-publicized food scares and the ongoing threat of international contamination, the public increasingly demands high levels of physical surveillance. As a part of this ongoing discussion, this update examines the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new Food Protection Plan issued in November 2007.