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FDA Eyes Five Global Regions For Permanent Outposts – Commissioner

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA is in the early stages of developing "boots on the ground" programs in five regions overseas in an effort to improve the quality of imported products at their source, Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said Jan. 24 at a media briefing on food safety issues

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