FDA Announces Recognition of Canadian Food Safety System

On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it had recognized Canada’s food safety system as being comparable to that of the U.S.  This has very significant implications for importers of Canadian products.  These implications are discussed in this USFI regulatory alert.  Foods not intended for further processing that are imported…

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Lieberman Named to FDA FSMA Committee

U.S. Food Imports LLC (USFI) is pleased to announce that USFI President, Erik Lieberman, has been named to the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) International Subcommittee.   The FSPCA is a public-private partnership created by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health…

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2013 Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance

The 2013 Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) has not been readily available online.  This is the most recent version of the Grade “A” PMO to date.  The Grade “A” PMO is the model regulation for the United States governing the processing, packaging, and sale of Grade “A” milk and milk products, including buttermilk and buttermilk products,…

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Food Facility Registration Webinar Replay

On May 21, 2015, Erik Lieberman, President of U.S. Food Imports LLC hosted a webinar on the new food facility registration requirements proposed by FDA.  On April 9, FDA published a proposed rule in the Federal register which implements provisions of FSMA that require food facility registration renewal and change the definition of retail food…

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FDA Releases Proposed Food Facility Registration Rule

Significant Changes to Registration Process in the Works   On April 9, 2015, FDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (the “Proposed Rule”) to amend and update its existing regulation on registration of food facilities.  The Proposed Rule would implement provisions of FSMA that require food facility reregistration and changes to the definition…

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USFI Presents at Ka pasesi 2015

On March 26, 2015, Erik Lieberman, President of U.S. Food Imports LLC, gave a presentation at Ka pasesi 2015, an international agriculture conference in Kaunas, Lithuania, entitled “Key Issues for Food Exporters to the United States.”  Lieberman reviewed key U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements among other things.  The slides may…

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APHIS Withdraws GMO Rule

On March 4, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it was withdrawing its proposed rule relating to the importation and interstate movement of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and will be crafting an alternative regulatory regime.  They will holding a series of webinars in upcoming months on the issue.  Information on the webinars…

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FDA Announces FSMA Implementation Meeting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that they will be holding a national meeting regarding the beginning of their implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The meeting will be held in Washington, DC, from April 23-24, 2015.  More details on the meeting may be found here.  Please contact Erik Lieberman…

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