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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FDA Provides Update on EU Food Safety Systems Recognition Effort

On Monday, July 10, Dr. Steven Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided an update and more details on the food safety systems recognition effort the United States is currently working on with the European Commission.  Ostroff provided the update at the International Association of…

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Comprehensive FSVP Compliance Date Timetable

On May 30, 2017, compliance begins for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule.  This rule imposes sweeping new changes on food importers and requires review and assessment of the food safety practices of foreign suppliers and their compliance history.  Foreign suppliers must be approved pursuant to a written program before sourcing.  The rule also…

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