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FDA Kicks FSMA Into High Gear

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Coincidence or not, following closely on the heels of major food poisoning incidents in the United States, the FDA kicks FSMA into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that there are about 24 multi-state (involving at least two states) food contamination outbreaks each year. That averages two major outbreaks each month. The most recent outbreak involved E. coli from fresh produce which led Chipotle to...

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Food Importers – Educate U.S. Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Jamaica. As this is where we grew up, we returned laden with several food products that would allow us to continue to experience Jamaican cuisine ever so often. Everything we imported was allowable. However, the airport customs agents carefully prodded and poked our parcels before we were allowed to leave with them. This experience reminded me of a statement from an audience...

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Trade in Services

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email This post is being written as I prepare to take a well-needed vacation. Thinking about my upcoming vacation made me think about tourism, which led me to trade in services. Hopefully you followed this train of thought, as it has made me decide to update and share an earlier post that discusses the key role of the service sector in today’s globalized economy. The service sector has been described as “the grease” that links...

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Misbranding of Imported Foods

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Misbranding is one of the major reasons that imported food is refused admission into the United States. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food safety. Imported foods must meet the same laws and regulations as food produced in the United States. Here are some of the reasons that the agency considers food to be misbranded: It contains false or misleading labeling. How much juice does that carton reading...

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It Pays to Develop a Corporate Culture of Compliance

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email It pays to develop a corporate culture of compliance. Do your employees and contractors know the answers to these questions? Can I pay for the managers of the factory in China where my goods are manufactured to travel to the United States? Is it okay for me to give a wedding gift to the daughter of a Minister who invited me to the wedding ceremony? I’m tempted to pay off a government clerk so that I can receive the permit...

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GSP Renewed and AGOA Extended

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 | 2 comments

Follow Email With President Obama’s signature of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, GSP has been renewed and AGOA extended. The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program allows about 5,000 products from about 127 developing countries to enter the United States on a duty-free basis. The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) program provides duty-free access for products of sub-Saharan African exporters entering the...

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