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Here’s a Recap of Part II of our #WorldTradeMonth Seminar Series for Compliance Professionals on FDA FSMA and FSVP

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 19, 2017 0 comments

Yesterday, we at DTL, had the pleasure of hosting Part II of our #WorldTradeMonth Seminar Series for Compliance Professionals. The second seminar focused on FDA FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Compliance for Importers with expert speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry. We had a packed house with an array of attendees such as importers of food, beverages, and medical devices, along with customs brokers, freight forwarders / NVOCCs, lawyers, consultants, and others. We received requests for a re-cap from those who attended and industry members who were not able to attend. You asked and we deliver. Here is our recap:

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FDA Finally Getting Tough on False Food Claims

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog March 9, 2010 0 comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued several warning letters to prominent food and drink companies regarding false claims displayed on their food and drink products, including those marketed to children.  Some food products brazenly claim to increase a person’s immune system, reduce the chance of getting a cold, or even cure cancer.  Are they really believable?

The Obama Administration has taken a more aggressive posture to attempt to reduce the obesity of Americans, especially children.  There is a direct connection between what we eat and our health.  Remember the saying “You are what you eat”?   Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the new FDA Commissioner, announced in a March 3, 2010 letter to food companies:

I have made improving the scientific accuracy and usefulness of food labeling one of my priorities…It is clear to me as a working mother that the use of front of package nutrition symbols and other claims can be helpful to busy shoppers who are often pressed for time in making their food selections.

In a typical December 4, 2009 Warning Letter to one of the worlds’ largest food companies, Nestle,  the FDA complained about Juicy Juice All Natural 100% Juice Grape products.  The FDA alleged that the product was misbranded because the labels were misleading in that the label was designed to imply that the producct was 100% grape juice when it truly was not.

The FDA regulations regarding food, including drinks, are complex.  True and accurate health claims are allowed on certain food products under specific circumstances, according to the FDA guidance.  Hopefully, the food industry will be more responsible, and if not, I encourage Commissioner Hamburg to pursue civil penalties against companies and the corporate officers of those companies who deceive the public.

A seminar about health claims on food products and how to respond to FDA Warning Letters will take place on June 3, 2010 in Miami, at a seminar entitled “Importing Food Products in Compliance with FDA and U.S. Customs Rules“.

In solidarity with FDA Commissioner Hamburg, I am a working Dad, and I don’t like to be lied to either!