Food: New Rules for Exporting to the U.S.

Exporters are preparing for the new regulation that will be implemented from 2020 in the U.S. market, among which is the application of a new table of nutritional data in packaged products.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Representatives of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) reported that both U.S. and foreign companies exporting to the U.S., must comply with new food labeling standards.

Executives of the exporters' guild said that food companies with annual sales of more than $10 million will have until January 2020 to comply with the mandatory label. Companies that report annual sales of less than $10 million will have time until January 2021 to implement the regulations.

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Regarding the controls of U.S. authorities, Inés Valle Balsells, analyst at the Market Intelligence Unit of Agexport, told that "... the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has a system of "import alerts" or automatic detention lists."

Valle advised that "... Complying, with enough time, with the rules and regulations before exporting, will avoid inconveniences in customs such as detentions and rejection that can turn into destruction of the product or return of them causing monetary losses and a negative history to the exporting manufacturing companies before the FDA'."

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