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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Requirements take effect this week under the FDA’s new Food Safety Verification Program (FSVP), which makes retailers and other businesses that import food into the United States responsible for verifying that the food has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. FSVP is one of the seven foundational rules of the Read More

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Written by in: FDA , FSMA , Import

On March 31, 2014, FDA opened a sixty-day comment period on revised draft guidance regarding prior notice of imported foods.  As its name suggests, the rule requires notice to FDA prior to importing any food into the United States.  Nearly every Q&A in the guidance document has been updated, and changes have been made to Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

A decision has not come down from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” law , but Canada is positioning itself to launch a trade-war with the United States just in case. Earlier this week, the Farm Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and made its way to the Read More

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Today, FDA extended the comment periods for four pending rules designed to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. These rules, and the new due dates for comments, are: (1) Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods (new due date is November 22, 2013) (2) Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, Read More

Friday, November 8, 2013

What is in all of those little spice containers in the your kitchen?  According to the FDA, as recently reported by the New York  Times, about 12% of spice imports are contaminated with “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs, and other things.”  Nearly 7% of spices imported contained salmonella.   Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA Read More

Friday, July 26, 2013

FDA today announced two new draft rules to further implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, both impacting the import of food.  One rule, relating to Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, requires importers to verify that their suppliers meet the same safety standards as domestic producers.  A second rule relates to the accreditation of third party auditors to Read More