REGULATORY INFORMATION & UPDATES
April 5, 2016 - FDA releases Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food under FSMA
You can learn more about the rule at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm383763.htm
November 13, 2015 - FDA release final rules in under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act)
Final Rule on Produce Safety
FInal Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importer of Food for Humans and Animals
Final Rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification
For more details visit: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/
July 7, 2015 - EU notified WTO on proposed changes to Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 which are specific requirement for gelatin, collagen and highly refined products of animal origin intended for human consumption and Regulation (EC) No. 2074/2005, drawing up lists of third countries, parts of third countries and territories from which Member States are to authorise the introduction into the Union of certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption, laying down certificate requirements.
June 5, 2015 - FDA issues Draft Guidance for Industry: FDA's Voluntary Qualified Importer Program. The draft guidance describes VQIP, which provides for expedited review and importation of food offered for importation by importers who voluntarily agree to participate in the program.
March 4, 2014 - Effective date of the APHIS - BSE; Importation of Bovines and Bovine Product also known as the BSE Comprehensive Rule.
January 30, 2014 - FSMA Website
FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) website can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm
December 4, 2013 - BSE Comprehensive Rule Published
To be effective March 4th, 2014. This is in regard to importation of animals and animal products to revise the conditions for the importation of live bovines and products derived from bovines with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The USDA is basing importation conditions on the inherent risk of BSE infectivity in specified commodities, as well as on the BSE risk status of the region in which the commodities originate. They are establishing a system for classifying regions as to BSE risk that is consistent with the system employed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
July 26, 2013 - FMSA New Proposed Rules
FDA issues two proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at strengthening assurances that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced domestically.
Proposed Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
Proposed Rule on Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors.Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications
July 23, 2013 - The GSP (Generalized System of Preferences)The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world. On October 21, 2011, President Obama signed legislation to reauthorize the GSP program through July 31, 2013. The House Ways and Means leaders introduced legislation to renew GSP through September 30, 2015. This is a positive first step but the House will not actually vote on the bill until the Senate approves similar legislation. Follow the link for more information on the GSP.
August 3, 2012 - FSMA Information
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandates that all food facilities that are required to register must renew their registrations every other year during the period beginning on October 1st and ending on December 31st of each even-numbered year. The first registration renewal cycle will occur from October 1 to December 31, 2012.Registrants can renew food facility registrations online or submit the paper Form 3537 by mail or fax. FDA encourages online registration as the least costly, quickest, and most efficient means for food facility registration. All food facilities that are required to register with FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act, including foreign facilities (as defined in 21 CFR 1.227(b)(2))
Registrants are required to submit registrations to FDA containing the information.
Biennial Registration Renewal for Food Facilities began at 12:01 AM on October 22, 2012. The updated food facility registration system is accepting food facility registration renewals.