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PREDICT inspection system in place by spring

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA will roll out the Predictive Risk-Based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting risk assessment system nationwide this spring to better identify high-risk shipments at U.S. ports for inspection, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says. PREDICT ranks import shipments' risk based on a variety of assessments, including whether a product is intrinsically risky, results from previous inspections of shippers and producers, market conditions and weather - such as floods or extreme heat - that could spoil a shipment, Hamburg explained Feb. 4 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. FDA's first step is expanding its pilot program, begun in Los Angeles, to New York (1"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 21, 2009). Hamburg noted PREDICT is necessary because "it is simply not possible for FDA to inspect our way to safety.

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