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Miami CANCELLED by Government Shutdown – LA WILL Go On – FDA to Discuss Major FSMA Proposed Rules

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 26, 2013 0 comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will hold two additional public meetings to discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies

The two proposed rules are designed to strengthen assurances that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced domestically.  The FSVP proposal provides requirements for importers to verify that their foreign suppliers are implementing the modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices called for by the FSMA, and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic growers and processors. This will create a new burden for importers to know and trust their manufacturers.  I believe we can expect to see enforcement and penalties from FDA – if you have not met your manufacturer yet, now is the time! 

The second proposed rule on the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies provides for the strengthening of quality, objectivity, and transparency of foreign food safety audits on which many U.S. food companies and importers currently rely to help manage the safety of their global food supply chains.  

The purpose of the FDA’s public meetings is to solicit public comments on the proposed rules and to inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data, and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and to respond to questions about the proposed rules. 

If you are interested in commenting on these proposed rules, contact me to discuss the process. Please note the timeline below to submit comments to the FDA.   

These two added meetings will take place in Miami, FL and Long Beach, CA.  

Register here! (FDA HAS INDICATED THE LONG BEACH SEMINAR WILL GO ON).

  • Miami meeting October 10-11, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131.

October 10, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

October 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

  • Long Beach meeting – October 22-23, 2013, at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, 701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA  90831

October 22, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

October 23, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

A sample agenda from the meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. on September 19-20, 2013, may be found here (we anticipate the same content being included for the Miami meeting).

 

Please note the following important dates for the meetings in Miami, FL and Long Beach, CA:

 

  • Meeting in Miami, FL
    • September 24, 2013: Closing date for request to make oral comment
    • September 24, 2013: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date for advance registration
  • Meeting in Long Beach, CA
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date for request to make oral comment
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
    • October 8, 2013: Closing date for advance registration
  • November 26, 2013: Closing date to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA’s Division of Dockets Management; for the proposed rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N -0143. For the proposed rule on Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0146.

If you manufacture or import food products you MUST stay on top of FSMA and the new rules FDA will implement.  For assistance in commenting on these important new changes, contact me.  See you at the Miami meeting.

FDA IssuesFoodFSMAImport

Join FDA in Miami to Discuss Major FSMA Proposed Rules

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 26, 2013 0 comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will hold two additional public meetings to discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies

The two proposed rules are designed to strengthen assurances that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced domestically.  The FSVP proposal provides requirements for importers to verify that their foreign suppliers are implementing the modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices called for by the FSMA, and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic growers and processors. This will create a new burden for importers to know and trust their manufacturers.  I believe we can expect to see enforcement and penalties from FDA – if you have not met your manufacturer yet, now is the time! 

The second proposed rule on the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies provides for the strengthening of quality, objectivity, and transparency of foreign food safety audits on which many U.S. food companies and importers currently rely to help manage the safety of their global food supply chains.  

The purpose of the FDA’s public meetings is to solicit public comments on the proposed rules and to inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data, and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and to respond to questions about the proposed rules. 

If you are interested in commenting on these proposed rules, contact me to discuss the process. Please note the timeline below to submit comments to the FDA.   

These two added meetings will take place in Miami, FL and Long Beach, CA.  

Register here!

  • Miami meeting October 10-11, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131.

October 10, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

October 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

  • Long Beach meeting – October 22-23, 2013, at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, 701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA  90831

October 22, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

October 23, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

A sample agenda from the meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. on September 19-20, 2013, may be found here (we anticipate the same content being included for the Miami meeting).

 

Please note the following important dates for the meetings in Miami, FL and Long Beach, CA:

 

  • Meeting in Miami, FL
    • September 24, 2013: Closing date for request to make oral comment
    • September 24, 2013: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date for advance registration
  • Meeting in Long Beach, CA
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date for request to make oral comment
    • October 1, 2013: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
    • October 8, 2013: Closing date for advance registration
  • November 26, 2013: Closing date to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA’s Division of Dockets Management; for the proposed rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N -0143. For the proposed rule on Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0146.

If you manufacture or import food products you MUST stay on top of FSMA and the new rules FDA will implement.  For assistance in commenting on these important new changes, contact me.  See you at the Miami meeting.

CBPEventsImport

CANCELLED DUE TO SHUTDOWN – CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) participants per company to afford equal representation from all members of the international trade community.  If a company exceeds the limitation, subsequent registrations will automatically be placed on the waiting list. 

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day!  

 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

 

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here

EventsImportU.S.Customs

REGISTRATION OPENS for CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) participants per company to afford equal representation from all members of the international trade community.  If a company exceeds the limitation, subsequent registrations will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day! 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here.