November 13, 2015 3:24 PM EST

The Food and Drug Administration released new rules Friday aimed at making sure that fresh produce and imported foods are free of dangerous germs and other contaminants.

The new rules require importers and producers to make sure the food is clean, and provide for outside auditors to check into procedures at foreign food suppliers. Currently, the FDA waits until there are outbreaks and then responds to them — often far too late to save people from eating food that makes them sick.

Now, the industry has a responsibility to stop outbreaks before they happen, said Dr. Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy…

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