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Notice to Truckers: New Regulations Will Affect Imported Food Shipments


See also:

Final Rule, published on November 7, 2008, effective May 6, 2009



See all 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 the exclusive jurisdiction of USDA.

Certain information about the food MUST be provided to FDA BEFORE the shipment arrives at the border.

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 and, if refused, must be held at the port of entry unless directed to another location.


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