FSIS Guidance on Prior Notification and Failure to Present

On February 12, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released guidance to help importers of record, customs brokers, and Official Import Inspection Establishment management understand and comply with the prior notification requirements.  The guidance also explains regulatory actions taken when products fail to present (FTP) for…

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FSIS Informs Inspectors on New Country of Origin Labeling Requirements

On February 3, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice to inspection program personnel (IPP) to make them aware of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) final rule on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2013, which requires…

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FSIS Publishes Final Rule on Labeling of Meat and Poultry with Added Solutions

Regulatory Alert: Final Rule on Labeling of Added Solutions in Raw Meat and Poultry; Compliance Required January 1, 2016 On December 31, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule requiring the use of descriptive designations as part of the product name on the…

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Food Facility Reregistration Required by December 31, 2014

All U.S. and foreign facilities that process, pack or hold food for consumption in the United States are required to be registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Foreign facilities are required to appoint an agent in the U.S. as a point of contact for FDA.  In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act…

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FSIS FY2015 Sampling Plan Available

FSIS FY2015 Sampling Plan Available From the Food Safety and Inspection Service:  Today, FSIS posted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Sampling Plan that lays out the agency’s intended sampling activities. This plan continues a tradition, started by FSIS in 2012, of providing greater transparency on how the agency conducts sampling activities and manages its…

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