FDA is proposing to expand disclosure of certain information which is currently not openly shared with the general public. The twenty-one draft proposals are in response to comments received by FDA's Transparency Task Force as a way to make the decision-making of the FDA more apparent to consumers and regulated industries. FDA is accepting comments on the proposals through July 20, 2010. The proposals are available on-line as a complete report or by specific topic area.
On May 20, 2010, the top management of both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Chairman Tanner said the hearing was "to strike the right balance" between trade facilitation and security. Unfortunately, the Committee heard all about the enforcement success of both ICE and CBP without hearing about the difficulties faced daily by importers and customs brokers.
The largest North American seafood event is the annual International Boston Seafood Show which next takes place March 20-22, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts. Not only will I be there, I welcome everyone to visit our exhibition booth! This reflects the growth of our focus on FDA issues within the Customs and International Trade Department of my law firm.
Are you also having a tough time turning in frequent flyer miles to travel internationally? My wife and I will travel to the beautiful area of Tuscany, Italy, this summer. I wanted to fly non-stop on Delta or Continental, or their code-share partners, but their roundtrip frequent flyer mile minimum requirements were very high - 90,000 and 100,000 miles, respectively!
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officers will target more imported merchandise for safety risk assessments using information filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection by importers or their customs brokers.