On July 18, 2007, President Bush established a cabinet-level panel to recommend how to guarantee the safety of food and other products imported into the U.S. The panel will be chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and is expected to issue its recommendations in 60 days. It will review procedures and regulations and look at safety issues in countries that send goods to the U.S. Currently, the U.S. imports food from over 150 countries, including China, which has been at the center of a number of food safety controversies of late.
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