Regulatory Update: Week of 7/29/2019

This week’s regulatory update for food retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers View this email in your browser Regulatory Update Week of July 29, 2019 In this issue: French Study Finds BPS More Harmful than BPA Latest Food Recalls FDA Approves New Food Additive Former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Calls for FDA Action on CBD Latest FDA Warning…

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Regulatory Update: Week of 7/22/2019

Court Rules Amazon Strictly Liable for Injuries to Consumers from Defective Products Sold by Third Party Sellers; Significant Implications for Retailers Offering Third-Party Marketplaces On July 3, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Obrerdorf v. Amazon.com Inc. ruled that under Pennsylvania law, Amazon is strictly liable for defective products sold…

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USFI’s Lieberman Visits Southern Border

On May 22, 2019, Erik Lieberman, President of U.S. Food Imports LLC, visited Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and spent time with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and Mexican Customs Authority officials as part of a National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America delegation.  Lieberman discussed issues impacting the entry of…

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FDA Exploring Requiring Unit-Level Tracking, Regulation of Home Food Delivery Services

On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement from Acting FDA Commissioner, Ned Sharpless, M.D. and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis on steps to usher the U.S. into a new era of smarter food safety.  The statement has significant implications for the food industry.  Key points in the statement include:…

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FDA Outlines Import Enforcement Strategy

On February 25, 2019, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a document entitled “FDA Strategy for Imported Food” which outlines the agency’s enforcement priorities in upcoming years. Please note that separately, FDA indicated they will be taking enforcement action against customs brokers and other filers who file entries with UNK (unknown) as the Foreign…

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FDA Resumes FSVP Inspections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has resumed inspecting importers for Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) compliance following the government shutdown.  FDA is expected to aggressively enforce the regulation again this year.  Within days of the shutdown ending, a client of U.S. Food Imports LLC (USFI) was contacted for inspection.  We have seen FSVP…

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How to Determine Your FSVP Importer Liability

In recent weeks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significantly increased enforcement activity for Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) compliance. U.S. Food Imports LLC (USFI) has assisted a number of our clients with inspections over the past several weeks using our FSMA Cloud® and FDA Cloud® software applications (we note that all of…

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