It is part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which was passed in 2010.
Importers would be accountable for the safety of imported foods.
There would be a process for approving those groups that inspect and audit food production in other countries.
Less than 2 percent of food that is imported to the U.S. is ever inspected.
The hope is that this will help to ensure that the food that reaches our shores is safer.