The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for overseeing food safety, announced Wednesday it has suspended its participation in the National Academy of Science’s food safety review.
In April, the department issued a warning that, based on its review, it was “not confident that there are adequate standards in place to protect consumers from the risk of food-borne illness.”
The USDA did not specify which safety standards were in question.
The academy’s report, released Wednesday, recommends that the federal government create an agency that will review and update the National Food Safety Standards (NFSS) for the manufacture of packaged foods, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs.
The government is also proposing a new national standards for the labeling of food in the U.K. and the United States.
The USDA also proposed the creation of a food safety agency for the United Kingdom that would be tasked with overseeing a number of issues related to food safety.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the U-turn comes after the agency received a number to more than 50 complaints about the way the UAC system works.
The complaints prompted the UFAS to create a new complaint system.