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 FSIS reinspection. The guidance is available here.
FSIS published a final rule effective November 18, 2014, that clarified prior notification requirements and the definition of FTP for imports. The guidance discusses and clarifies FSIS prior notification and FTP requirements as described in the final rule.