Why Do Imported Foods Require Additional Scrutiny?

Unlike food that is produced and marketed domestically, imported food has a higher probability of inspection. Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, importers are responsible for ensuring that imported foods are safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, and labeled according to U.S. regulations. Foods are subjected to FDA inspection at the port of entry. Foods may be detained if they are not in compliance with FDA requirements.

How We Help Importers Comply with Regulations

We regularly provide two routine services for clients importing food products:

  • We recommend that every imported product undergo a thorough label review, just as we would perform for any other packaged product before it hits the shelves. For imported product label review, we refer to FDA, USDA, and Alcohol Beverage Labeling and Advertising labeling regulations. We also give imported products some enhanced scrutiny for compliance with Country of Origin (COO) marking.
  • FDA Facility Registration. Foreign facilities that pack, process, or hold food for human consumption must be registered with the FDA prior to importation. We ensure that the originating facility is registered to produce the goods being imported.

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