The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will retain adulterated products or misbranded food destined for the U.S for up to a month.
The agency will use this time period to determine what action for compliance is required for each product.
The new rules come into effect from July 3 according to the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer).
An article in Elfinancierocr.com states "The new rules stipulate that companies exporting goods to the U.S. must notify the FDA if any other country has denied its products entry, including animal feed."
From February 2013 the FDA will implement two new food safety standards.
A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:
FDA proposes new rules to ensure food safety
As of February 4, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America (FDA) will implement two new food safety rules that will help prevent foodborne disease (FBD) in the United States.
The new Food Safety Modernization Law expands FDA powers to inspect production of what is consumed in the country.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, signed by President Obama on January 4, "will require all types of producers to assess risks in their operations, implement and effectively monitor measures to prevent contamination and have a plan to undertake corrective action as necessary".
The exporters corporation of El Salvador is holding a regional workshop themed “Modernising Technical Requirements” to help people export to the U.S. safely.
As part of its AGROCAFTA program, the corporation of exporters of El Salvador (COEXPORT) is including a a regional workshop on modernising technical requirements to support SMEs with making secure exports to the U.S.
Equipment entering the country will have the prior approval of the FDA.
In order to make more flexible and expedite the arrival of medical products such as latex gloves, thermometers etc., in Costa Rica, the government of this country and the Food and Drug Administration of the USA (FDA) have signed an agreement to allow certain products to "shortcut" the system.
Over 100 experts from Latin America and the United States, plus observers from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria, participated in the III annual conference for pharmaceutical regulation in the region.
The event was organized by the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S.
The U.S. FDA has extended, until January 27 2014, the period for comment on new regulations for foreign suppliers and external auditors.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The Food and Drug Administration ((FDA) has extended the comment period on the programs 'Verification for Foreign Suppliers for Importers of Food for People and Animals and Accreditation of External Auditors' until January 27, 2014.
A bill will impose more stringent requirements for labeling, product production and processing, and even the prohibition of certain ingredients.
Starting from March, the U.S. will toughen requirements for exports to its market through the Safety Act or Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to prevent illness from the consumption of imported foods, reported Prensa.com.
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