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Notice to Importers & Filers: New FDA Regulations Will Affect Imported Food Shipments

See also:

Final Rule: Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food May 2013 

Current information on Prior Notice 

November 2003

WHEN: December 12, 2003

WHICH PRODUCTS: All foods, food ingredients, and food products for humans or animals, EXCEPT food contact substances (including food packaging), pesticides, and meat, poultry, and egg products under USDA's exclusive jurisdiction.

Certain information about the food MUST be provided to FDA BEFORE the shipment arrives in the U.S.

The foreign manufacturer/processor, packer, and/or holder of the food MUST be registered with FDA before the food arrives at the border. The owner, operator, or agent in charge of the foreign facility is responsible for registration. The owner, operator, or agent in charge may authorize another person to register its facility.

WHAT HAPPENS if there is INADEQUATE PRIOR NOTICE or NO REGISTRATION? The food is subject to refusal of admission and, if refused, must be held at the port of entry unless directed to another location.