Additional U.S. Requirements for Imported Products

The new Food Safety Modernization Law expands FDA powers to inspect production of what is consumed in the country.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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".

Leticia Vindas in her article in states, "Importers must check food safety from their suppliers, in addition, the FDA has the authority to block entry of food from facilities or countries which refuse inspection. The FDA will also work closely with foreign governments and increase inspection of foreign food facilities".

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New Food Safety Rules in the U.S.

August 2013

Two new programs propose verification regulations on foreign suppliers for importers of food used for human and animal consumption.

The new rules proposed by the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA), is in the process of public review and comment for a period of 120 days.

Deadline to Renew FDA Registration Extended

January 2013

The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has extended the period for renewal of registration of food exporters until 31 January.

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) states:

All companies that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption and export to the U.S.

Registration Renewal with the FDA

June 2012

Regional exporters of fresh food products to the United States must renew their registration with the FDA between October 1 and December 31.

A statement from PROCOMER reads:

Costa Rican exporters must renew their registration with the U.S. FDA

Costa Rican exporters of food and fresh produce as well as other countries whose products are destined for the U.S., must renew their registration with the FDA as part of the measures included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), adopted earlier this year to improve the safety of food consumed in this country.

FDA's New Law Affects Agriculture

October 2011

Costa Rican farmers must implement food safety measures if they want to continue exporting to the U.S.

From 2013 farmers who export bananas, pineapples and other fruits must employ quality control systems and proper food handling if they want to continue selling their products in the U.S.

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