The FDA’s task is cut out when it comes to one of its core functions –that of regulating imports. With the US economy absorbing food imports to the tune of $ 49 billion every year and with its allied regulatory agencies overseeing an astronomical number of nearly half a million facilities in the US and abroad; the FDA is certainly in a most unenviable position.
In view of the fact that these foods are imported from almost all over the world to be sold into the US market; the FDA has strict regulations for ensuring the quality of the food items that enter the US market. Its primary task is to ensure that the foods and food products that enter the US market met the rigorous standards it sets in relation to safety, sanitation, wholesomeness and labeling.
Coordination with agencies across the country
Considering this fact, plus the fact that over two thirds of seafood and more than a third of all the food items consumed in the US are imported; it is no surprise that the FDA has a varied number of agencies with which it coordinates and whose help it takes to carry out its functions. These are some of them:
- Homeland Security
- Customs and Border Protection
- The FDA and the USDA
- Center for Disease Control
- Food Safety Inspection Service
- Agricultural and Marketing Services
- Food and Nutrition Services
- The U.S. Department of Commerce
- Department of Defense, and
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
In-depth understanding of the FDA’s work on food imports
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Complete understanding of the FDA’s work on food imports
John will offer understanding of the ways in which the various agencies work with the FDA in respect to food imports. A deep understanding in this area is necessary for those who want to import food to the US and gain regulatory approval for their products, since they all work with the FDA at various levels.
He will cover the following areas at this session:
- Global Food Markets drive new import food safety requirements
- Review how the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) are changing things
- Understand “Prior Notice” requirements
- Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
- Prepare for the Foreign Facility Inspection Program
- Learn what is in the “Investigations Operation Manual” (IOM)
- What can happen to your product when seized
- Learn what other countries require for food import
- Review the proposed rules for food safety and quality during transportation processes
- Learn how much food and what food is imported from different countries
- Understand what the Imported Seafood Safety Program includes
- PREDICT & OASIS Systems
- Other resources available to help you.