Food Safety

Working Closely Together The U.S. & Mexico Strengthen Food Safety Ties


The FDA is hard at work in collaborative efforts with the Mexican government and food producers of Mexico in order to strengthen food safety measures.  And it’s no wonder since “about one-third of all agency-regulated human food imported into the U.S. is from Mexico, including 60% of our fresh-produce imports.”

The agencies in Mexico responsible for food safety regulation are:

  • COFEPRIS – the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks
  • SENASICA – the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality.

Within the FDA, the Office of Food Policy and Response, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) work strategically together with the agencies in Mexico (COFEPRIS and SENASICA).  In addition, the FDA’s Latin American Office (LAO) in Mexico City serves as a liaison for strengthening food safety implementation with these Mexican counterparts.

The original partnership agreement signed in 2014 between the U.S. FDA and Mexico was called the Produce Safety Partnership or PSPThis was created to contain outbreaks of foodborne disease related only to produce. But this was not enough.  In October 2020, the FDA, COFEPRIS and SENASICA officially launched the FDA- Mexico Food Safety Partnership (FSP) to include the safety of all human food regulated by the FDA.

Mexico currently exports “seafood, processed fruits and vegetables and snack foods to the U.S. totaling about $25 billion in 2019 according to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” The FSP also includes elements of FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Initiative which builds on “the science and risk-based approach to food safety achieved through FSMA.”

$25 billion food imports from Mexico

FSMA at the Forefront

The food safety regulations outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act require foreign and domestic suppliers to meet explicit safety standards as well as placing responsibility on the importers to verify compliancy.  The FDA is assisting our Mexican partners with various educational materials such as Spanish-language training programs with SENASICA and virtual training in more remote areas of Mexico during Covid-19.  “Our Produce Safety Network comprised of experts in the FDA’s CFSAN, and ORA has provided technical assistance and is responsible for conducting inspections under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.”

This liaison and strong partnership will only serve to strengthen food safety efforts between the U.S. and Mexico.

Lily Noon


  1. FDA’s Partnership with Mexico Regulators Strengthen Food Safety Protections – Donald Prater, Julie Moss, Katherine Serrano,
  4. FDA and Mexico Sign Statement of Intent Forging Food Safety Partnership,
  5. Produce Safety Partnership (PSP),
  6. FDA-Mexico Food safety Partnership (FSP),
  7. FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Initiative,



  • COFEPRIS― 衛生リスク保護連邦政府委員会
  • SENASICA― 農業食品衛生・安全・品質管理局


米国のFDAとメキシコが2014年に結んだ最初の連携協定は、Produce Safety Partnership(PSP)と呼ばれていました。これは食中毒の発生を抑えるために作られましたが、野菜と果物だけを対象としていて、十分ではありませんでした。このため2020年10月、FDA、COFEPRIS、SENASICAが正式にFDA・メキシコ間Food Safety Partnership(FSP)を発足して、FDAが監督するすべてのヒト向け食品の安全性に拡大されました。







Lily Noon



  1. FDA’s Partnership with Mexico Regulators Strengthen Food Safety ProtectionsFDAとメキシコ規制当局のパートナーシップが食品安全保護を強化)Donald Prater, Julie Moss, Katherine
  4. FDA and Mexico Sign Statement of Intent Forging Food Safety PartnershipFDAとメキシコが食品安全性パートナーシップの趣意書に署名)、
  5. Produce Safety PartnershipPSP)、
  6. FDA・メキシコ間Food Safety PartnershipFSP)、
  7. FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety InitiativeFDAのスマートな食品安全性の新時代イニシアチブ)、

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