U.S. and Mexican government officials signed a cooperative arrangement that will improve the safety of the food supplies in both countries. The food safety measures are designed to help reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses on both sides of the border.

The arrangement calls for the Food and Drug Administration, USDA and Mexico's respective regulatory agencies to enhance their existing food safety partnership through expanding programs, sharing information and coordinating specific activities.

The various agencies will work to ensure the safety of meat, poultry and egg products in the United States and Mexico. Plus, they will evaluate fresh produce contamination sources and look for ways to alleviate such problems.

All of these efforts are aimed at coordinating regulations, inspection standards and information to improve food safety measures for the United States and Mexico. Enhancing the free flow of agricultural trade between the two countries is another goal of this action.