Representatives from EPA and nine other federal agencies have reportedly held an interagency forum to discuss methods of protecting American consumers from unsafe imports. The agencies agreed during the October 21, 2010, meeting to (i) create an interagency forum of senior representatives dedicated to import safety cooperation; (ii) affirm a continued commitment to information-sharing across federal agencies involved in import safety concerns; (iii) enhance efforts that help the private sector comply with import safety requirements; (iv) develop common systems to exchange information; (v) create strong, consistent enforcement measures to deter imports of unsafe products; and (vi) use risk-management strategies to streamline lawful trade.
The meeting included representatives from EPA; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Consumer Product Safety Commission; Food and Drug Administration; Food Safety and Inspection Service; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; National Marine Fisheries Services; and agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. According to an EPA press release, toxic substances, pesticides, hazardous waste, ozone-depleting substances, and vehicles, engines and fuels are of special concern. See EPA Press Release, October 21, 2010.