FDA opening offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in October that it will send Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff to China, India, Europe, and Latin America before the end of 2008.

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt says the goal is to better safeguard the nation's food and medicine supply.

The department already has begun implementing product safety agreements with China and other key trading partners, and there have been upgrades to labs and equipment, as well as additional staff hired.