If you travel often, read on, you'll be glad you did. When was the last time you had the ability to go through security WITH YOUR SHOES ON? Without taking out your laptop? WITH your jacket on? Without having to take out your liquids? If this appeals to you, which it definitely did for me, you'll be pleased to know the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for TSA Pre-Check, an initiative that allows eligible passengers to qualify for expedited screening at participating airports.
Hurricane Sandy is busy disrupting the sunshine state as well as D.C. Breaking news from CBP, the CBP Symposium, due to start this coming Monday, is now postponed. CBP's message is below. This is a great opportunity for CBP to join the C-TPAT conference with the symposium. I hope they do. I'll keep you advised when the CBP symposium is back on.
Have you met CBP's Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Winkowski?How about the Director of Field Operations in Miami, Vernon Foret?Or CBP's Senior Advisor for Private Sector Engagement, Maria Luisa O'Connell? Now's your chance! Read on!!
Biennial Registration Renewal for Food Facilities is now available, as of October 22, 2012.
Here’s what you need to know about FDA’s new FSMA requirement on Bioterrorism Act registrations. Owners, operators, or agents in charge of domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. are required to register the facility with the FDA.
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has for the first time, specifically put the onus on importers to have a program to verify that the food products they are bringing into this country are safe. The idea behind FSMA is to change FDA regulatory enforcement and focus to more of a preventative approach, instead of reactionary. These new requirements include risk-based controls, foreign supplier verification program, certification, and audits. A brief overview of the requirements may be found here.
I’ve summarized the requirements relevant to your Bioterrorism Act Registration below, so you can be sure your registration doesn’t lapse. If your not re-registered by December 2012, FDA will cancel your Bioterrorism Act registration and your importations will be delayed.
New Biennial Registration Requirements
FSMA amended the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) Section 415 to provide for biennial registration updates. Facilities which are required to register will have to re-register every 2 years, during the period beginning on October 1 (in this case, October 22) and ending on December 31 in even numbered years. This will first occur in October-December 2012.
Note that even facilities which are already registered with the FDA are still […]