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OPPORTUNITIES IN AGRICULTURE – WHY CHOOSE THE CARIBBEAN?

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 28, 2020 1 Comment

Because of its production limitations, the Caribbean has become a growing market for U.S. suppliers. As one of the most diverse regions in the world, the islands of the Caribbean attract a lot of visitors. With the development of tourism comes an increased demand for imported products from the U.S.—due in part to their perceived higher quality.

 

 

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COVID FLEXIBILITY – FDA Announces Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 27, 2020 0 comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a guidance document to provide additional temporary flexibility in food labeling requirements to manufacturers and vending machine operators. The goal is to provide regulatory flexibility, where appropriate, to help minimize the impact of supply chain disruptions on product availability associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Fruit-and-Vegetable-Vending-machine-double-cabinets-03-500x500

Entitled “Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines,” this guidance is one of several the FDA has issued to provide temporary flexibility to the food industry to help support the food supply chain and meet consumer demand during the pandemic.

 

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CBP ISSUES WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDER TARGETING TUNA HARVESTED WITH FORCED LABOR

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 7, 2019 1 Comment

Effective February 4, 20Tuna19, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has ordered the detention at all U.S. ports of entry of tuna and any such merchandise manufactured wholly or in part by the Tunago No. 61, which is a fishing vessel owned by Tunago Fishery Co., LTD a company located in Vanuatu. According to the CBP press release of February 6, 2019, importers of detained shipments are provided an opportunity to export their goods or demonstrate that they were not produced with forced labor. The Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1307) bans imports of merchandise or food produced in whole or at least in part by forced labor, including convict labor, forced child labor, and indentured labor.

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Bioengineered Food Labeling

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 30, 2018 0 comments

In our July 27, 2018 blog , we explained what bioengineered (BE) food is and informed you about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) new proposed rule for BE foods. The new rule is a result of the 2016 amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, which would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredient content. The amended Act directs the Secretary to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for disclosing any BE food and any food that may be bioengineered. This proposed rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. The standardized disclosure of information will facilitate food purchasing for consumers by eliminating the current uncertainty when purchasing food; effectively improving overall consumer confidence, without harming food manufacturing; and providing farms and production companies a logical, consistent standard for future labeling and packaging. Continue Reading

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FDA Issues Guidance Documents on Food Facility Registration

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2018 1 Comment

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August 17, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two guidance documents to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

One of the documents being published today is the seventh edition of a guidance to help the owners and operators of facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States understand the registration requirements. Previous iterations of this guidance were released following the adoption in 2002 of amendments to the FD&C Act that required food facility registration. Continue Reading

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USDA Proposed Rule to Inform Consumers of GMO’s (Costing Industry 1.7 BILLION)

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 19, 2018 0 comments

USDADo you want to know if your food contains any GMOs? Do you know what the difference is between a GMO and Bioengineered Food? For the last 2 years, the USDA has been writing new rules for labeling and packaging food with GMOs – learn the latest below!

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FDA Issues New Guidance to Help Food Facilities Meet Registration Requirements

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 29, 2018 2 Comments

fda .On May 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The FD&C Act requires food facilities engaged in manufacturing/processing, packing, or holding of food for human or animal consumption in the United States to register with the FDA. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added new registration provisions to the FD&C Act. In 2016, FDA issued a final rule to reflect these changes, which include the following:

  • Facilities are required to provide FDA with assurance that they will be permitted to inspect their facility (in accordance with the FD&C Act).
  • Facilities are required to renew their registration every other year.
  • FDA now has the authority to suspend a facility’s registration.

Under the 2016 final rule, additional information is also required that supports FDA’s ability to respond quickly to food-related emergencies and that will also help the agency more efficiently use the resources it has for inspections.

The SECG explains which types of facilities are required to register, and when and how to do that. The guide also explains the consequences for facilities that fail to register or to renew their registration as required. In addition, the guide explains when FDA can suspend a facility’s registration and the effect of a suspension order. To further assist small facilities, the SECG includes an “At-a-Glance” that summarizes all of the key information in the document.

Diaz Trade Consulting provides both registration and U.S. Agent services to food facilities. To register or find more information about registration, owners and operators of facilities should visit www.FDA-USA.com.

For More Information check out the Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition)-Revised.

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Exporting 201 – Advanced Exporting Webinar 5/22 – RSVP Today!

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 7, 2018 0 comments

depositphotos_46947357-stock-illustration-book-now-stampWhether you are a new or experienced exporter, the next webinar is essential!

  • When do you get to hear from a Board Certified Expert on actual horror stories and when it’s in your best interest to file a Disclosure?

RSVP now to join our Exporting 201 webinar. And don’t forget to check out all of our upcoming webinars!

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FDA Takes New Steps in Oversight of Imported Foods

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 6, 2018 1 Comment

FDA-Inspection-Financial-RiskFDA announced that it has recognized the first accreditation body under the voluntary Accredited Third-Party Certification Program created by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The organization being recognized is ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), an organization jointly owned by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This organization is being recognized because it met the applicable FDA requirements, validated through application review and on-site assessment.  FDA is recognizing ANAB for a five year term of recognition. (For more information on FDA’s standards for recognition, see: Key Facts about the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program) Continue Reading

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FDA Announces Enforcement Discretion Under FSMA

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 25, 2018 0 comments

diceOn January 4, 2011, Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), aiming to protect the public by ensuring the U.S. food supply is safe through prevention and enforcement. The FSMA included seven foundational rules, which we summarized in our FSMA: Stay Compliant with DTL’s ‘PICTURE’! blog. Continue Reading