FDA IssuesFoodFSMAImport

FSMA: Stay Compliant with DTL’s ‘PICTURE’!

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 12, 2017 1 Comment

FSMA todo listEach year, according to the findings of a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study, 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die as the result of food-related diseases. Instead of reacting to this news on a yearly basis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to do something about it (although not fast enough, some would say) by enacting the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). This law, which went into effect on January 4, 2011, aims to protect public health and ensure food safety by placing a greater emphasis on prevention, compliance, and enforcement.

We’ve summarized the seven foundational rules of FSMA for you below. The compliance elements which food facility owner/operators, growers, suppliers, importers, consignees, carriers, and/or accreditation/certification bodies should, at a minimum, incorporate into their 2017 actions plans are highlighted in red (information regarding compliance deadlines for different size-based categories of business can be viewed here). Diaz Trade Law has extensive advising clients on FDA matters and welcomes the opportunity to help your company get FSMA compliant.
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Best PracticesEvents

Jen Diaz Honored as Rising Star by DBR

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 19, 2013 0 comments

On July 18, 2013, the Daily Business Review (DBR) announced the 40 young Florida lawyers chosen as 2013 Rising Stars by a panel of DBR judges. I’m proud to announce I have been selected as one of the 40 Rising Stars!

The article stated:

Our panel carefully reviewed more than 125 nominations of attorneys 40 years old and under who have established themselves as top contributors to the practice of law and their communities, and are in a position to become tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

See the list of the 40 Rising Star honorees.

Profiles of all the Rising Stars will appear in a DBR special section on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and an event honoring their accomplishments will be held that night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Bankers Club in downtown Miami, One Biscayne Tower, Biscayne Room, 14th Floor.

For those who wish to attend the event to honor the Rising Stars, please contact Andre Sutton at asutton@alm.com or (757) 721-9020. The event’s main sponsor is Ice Legal.

Congratulations to the 2013 Rising Stars.

-David Lyons, Editor in Chief
-Chris Mobley, Publisher

I’m honored to have been selected and invite you to join me as we celebrate on September 18th at the Bankers Club.

FDA IssuesFood

Recent FDA Developments Handbook

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog January 22, 2012 0 comments

I authored "Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law, 2012 Edition" which was just published by Thomas Reuters.  It is part of a series called "Inside the Minds" written by attorney thought-leaders in food and drug law from the top law firms across the United States.  It analyzes the latest food and drug laws, regulations and policies that affect food and drug companies.  It also focuses on violations by persons and companies, and how to successfully defend any investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without having to go to court.

The full title  of the 408 page publication is "Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law, 2012 Ed.: Leading Lawyers on Dealing with Increased Enforcement, Keeping Up-To-Date with FDA Requirements, and Developing Compliance Practices".  The book is written for C-level executives to learn the very latest trends about food and drug law enforcement and compliance requirements by the FDA.    According to the press release

This Aspatore legal title provides an authoritative, insider’s perspective on complying with FDA regulations and staying up-to-date on the latest trends in food and drug law.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gave the FDA recall authority, so companies must know how and when to do a voluntary recall and when a product is safe and effective or, alternatively, defective.  The book will precisely explain the labeling requirements acceptable to the FDA and when the statements about the use of a product may be false and misleading so that the product is considered to be "mislabeled" by the FDA.   Readers should understand when is a violation handled administratively by the FDA’ Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), and when a suspected violation is investigated by the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI). Knowing the difference, and how to handle each of these types of inquiries, audits, or investigations may make the difference in avoiding a fine or being arrested. 

The book is available for only $90. Click here for a complete description or to purchase.   

Best PracticesU.S.Customs

As a Subscriber, You Are Invited to This Thursday’s Holiday Party

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog November 29, 2009 0 comments

With the overwhelmingly positive response to my new Customs and International Trade Blog, I am inviting each of you to the Customs and International Trade Department’s Holiday Party, this Thursday, December 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at my Coral Gables, Florida, office.

Where:  121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor (parking provided in the building)

The following link contains a Map to Coral Gables Office.

Plenty of food and drink provided, so just bring your holiday cheer.

RSVP required to Jennifer Diaz at jdiaz@becker-poliakoff.com or 305-260-1053.