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Importing Food Into The United States

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Authored by Olsson, Frank & Weeda, P.C.

A food product offered for import may be subject to regulation and enforcement by several different agencies within the U.S. government, depending upon the type of product. Understanding the legal and regulatory requirements that govern the importation of a given food product can help speed its entry into U.S. commerce. Importing Food Into The United States: A Regulatory Guide, a convenient reference source and guide to federal regulations and policies, can enable food companies and importers to understand the various applicable legal requirements and the federal agencies - FDA, USDA and CBP - responsible for their enforcement. The guide provides an overview of the regulatory requirements of the three main federal agencies responsible for oversight of food imports, with each chapter examining the requirements of one of the agencies.

Topics covered include:
  • An Overview Of Requirements for Imported Food Products
  • Relevant U.S Regulatory Agencies, including FDA, USDA, FSIS, APHIS, AMS, FAS, DOT, CBP, EPA, DOC, NMFS, and PTO
  • The Bioterrorism Act and FDA Implementing Regulations
  • FDA Food Safety Standards and Labeling Regulations
  • Import Procedures and Foods with Special Requirements
  • USDA Regulatory Requirements
  • FSIS and Food Safety "Equivalence" and Border Inspection
  • FSIS Labeling Requirements for Meat, Poultry, Eggs and Organic Foods
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
  • Agricultural Marketing Service and Labeling Requirements
  • Foreign Agricultural Services and Sugar and Dairy Import Programs
  • CBP Regulatory Requirements
  • Entry of Goods, including Types of Entry, Entry Process, Coordination with FDA and USDA, and Special Programs to Speed Entry
  • Duties, Tariffs, and Quotas
  • Recent Developments, including SAFE Port Act, Automated Targeting System, and Container Security Initiative
  • Appendices with FDA Field Office Information, FSIS District Office Information, CBP Ports of Entry Information, and more.
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