Do you manufacture, process, pack or hold human food? If so, you need to keep up with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA has proposed a new rule issued under the FSMA that is part of a broader effort to prevent food borne illness and ensure the safety of imported and domestically produced foods. Here's a recap of the proposed rule and your chance to comment to the FDA. You have until May 16, 2013 to submit your comments to the FDA on the proposed rule.
Are you a company that manufactures/processes, packs, or holds food, alcoholic beverages, and/or dietary supplements for consumption in the U.S.? If so, have you re-registered your food facility with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? FDA extended the deadline for the biennial registration renewal for food facilities until January 31, 2013. Your time is almost up to re-register! If your not re-registered, enforcement will begin on February 1, 2013. FDA will cancel your Bioterrorism Act registration and your importations will be significantly delayed. Your facility will NOT be able to import, distribute or sell food products in the U.S.
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is a voluntary government-business initiative that builds cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of providing the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with international supply chain businesses such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. At CBP's C-TPAT Conference held on January 8-9, 2013, CBP announced major updates to C-TPAT - lucky for you, I've recapped the highlights for you.
Do you sell products in multiple countries? How are you assuring your intellectual property is protected? Do you know about "Foreign Patent Applications" or "PCT's"? If not, you may not be adequately protecting your intellectual property abroad!