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New Rule Lets U.S. FDA Hold Suspect Food

Food suspected of being contaminated in a bioterrorist attack can be seized and held by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under a new rule published on Thursday. The 2002 Bioterrorism Act authorized the FDA to “administratively detain” suspect food but the final regulation details the procedures. “This rule describes how the FDA can hold food in place while it initiates legal action in court to seize it and permanently remove it from commerce,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester Crawford said in a statement. “Alternately, our experts can determine that the food is safe, and the detention order may be terminated.” Full Story

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