On March 5, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Senator Michael Burgess, and others toured the International Mail Facility in New York. There they saw firsthand the massive volume of imports that are reviewed daily. More than 340 million packages are sent to the U.S. every year through the International Mail Facilities. FDA staff at these facilities play a critical role in helping ensure they don’t contain counterfeit, unapproved or dangerous products.
FDA recently tripled the number of staff at the International Mail Facilities to improve our ability to inspect packages that are suspected of having drugs. This front-line work is critical to FDA’s ability to protect the public health, but more work remains. The FDA is seeking certain administrative steps to expand the strength of our regulatory oversight and may seek some additional, limited resources and authorities from Congress. FDA is also working closely with our partners at CBP and USPS as part of a new working group.
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