NAFTA OBJECTIVES A RELIEF FOR BORDER TRADE

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week announced the objectives and timetable for the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both announcements provide a welcome relief after the roller coaster since Donald Trump was elected US president in November. Contrary to Trump’s campaign threats, his administration will not…

FOREIGN SUPPLIERS VERIFICATION PROGRAM- TOP FIVE QUESTIONS

FROM:  FOOD SAFETY TECH BY:  RANDY FIELDS   The Foreign Supplier Verification Rule, part of FSMA, requires the importer of food to meet the same stringent guidelines found within FSMA’s Preventive Controls rule. Companies defined as the importer are now required to deploy a Foreign Supplier…

INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE INFORMATION TO FULLY IMPLEMENT FSMA

In a 22-page report released last week, FDA outlined its findings from three public meetings held in June about the implementation of the FSMA import safety programs. The report, “Focus on Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Import Safety Programs”, reviews the questions asked to participants about…

EASING THE FLOW OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM MEXICO AND CANADA

Now that it’s June, many of us are enjoying a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that will be available throughout the summer.  During the rest of the year, some of these same fresh fruits and vegetables are available to American consumers thanks to trade…

NAFTA HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT

FROM:  VOX You probably eat a lot more avocados than your parents did a few decades ago. Same goes for papayas and bell peppers. It might be because you have a refined palate or because you’ve gone and become a foodie, but really, you also…

USDA LOOKING FOR A BIG INCREASE IN INSPECTION FEES

  The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to significantly increase many of the fees it charges, and to add two new fees, for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry. APHIS is also proposing to adjust the…

FDA MEDDLING WITH IMPORT ALERTS (NOT GOOD)

From:  FDAImports.com and Ben England Look out, industry: there’s a new way to get put on Import Alert.  FDA is beginning to place firms on import alert based on traceability data collected by FDA and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Firms used…

U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…