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New Food Safety Regulations That Will Dominate 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a number of new rules during 2013. Some of these are in the "public comment" period at this time, with conclusions happening during the first and second quarters of 2014. From there, the FDA will submit final language to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and publication in the Federal Register, and these are expected to become final within 90 days of issuance.

While there are many proposed rules, guidance documents and reports that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), we list here a few of the primary issues that we believe importers and exporters need to ensure all parties within your supply chain are complying with, rules expected to be in place or in play during 2014.

  1. Sanitary transportation rule for both human and animal food - This will affect shippers, carriers, receivers and other parties involved in food transportation.
    Learn more: Sanitation and Transportation Guidance Documents and Regulatory Information
  2. Written food safety plan, which incorporates proof that you are following the plan, to include hazards analysis, preventive controls, monitoring, corrective actions, verifications and record-keeping.
    Learn more: FSMA Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food
  3. Foreign supplier verification program - Importers will be required to have a program to verify that the food products they are importing are safe, which includes verifying that their suppliers are in compliance with reasonably appropriate risk-based preventive controls.
    Learn more: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act? General Information on Imports

As food and beverage producers adapt to an array of stringent food safety requirements in the coming year, Pacific Customs Brokers is here to help. We can assist you in understanding these regulations and how they may affect your business, all while cutting through the red tape of importing to the United States. Take advantage of our upcoming seminar and webinar on How To Import FDA Regulated Goods. For details and to register »

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April Collier
LCB, CCS

April Collier is a Sr. Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers USA with over 35 years of experience in international trade. April has been a valued member of the Pacific Customs Brokers team for 14 years, having taking the lead in implementing the Compliance department for U.S. imports. Her current responsibilities include advising and coaching clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters, and include expertise in Antidumping & Countervailing matters. April develops, maintains and conducts various training workshops and seminars for staff and importers related to regulatory compliance, including Free Trade Agreements, Valuation and HTS classification. In addition to her regular duties, April is also the CTPAT coordinator for Pacific Customs Brokers.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.