2002N-0278 - Prior Notice of Imported Food Under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002; Reopening of Comment Period
FDA Comment Number : EC454
Submitter : Mr. Kazuhiro Sekizawa Date & Time: 05/17/2004 06:05:00
Organization : Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
Federal Government
Category :
Issue Areas/Comments
May 14, 2004

Comments by Ministry of Economy of Trade and International(METI) in Japan on the United States' Interim final Rule 'Registration of Food Facilities' Under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism preparedness and Response Act of 2002(DOCKET No.2002N-0278).

METI appreciates the opportunity to provide comments as follows on the United States' Interim Final Rule of 'Registration of Food Facilities' (hereinafter referred to as 'the Rule') under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, published in the United States' Federal Register dated October 10, 2003 and notified to the WTO Members dated April 16, 2004 (G/SPS/N/USA/690/Add.6).

1. We request that the U.S. Government continues to make efforts to promote this to related Japanese companies, such as continuing to hold seminars including in our country, while the U.S. Government discerns an osmosis situation.

2. Including the above-mentioned opinion, in order to continue to carry out smoothly and apply the Rule to the food manufacturer with many small and medium-sized companies in Japan, we request strongly to establish an inquiry service at relevant U.S. Government agencies including all the U.S. Embassies abroad in Japan, and establishment of a website with a description in Japanese.

3. Carrying in of personal, mail and parcel delivery service
The U.S. Government makes it well-known in the U.S that carrying in of a personal 'Registration of Food Facilities' and a 'Prior Notice Imported Food' is unnecessary, because it is carried out by the U.S Government.

4. We concern that since responsibility may reach Japanese companies when the U.S. companies are unfamiliar with the Rule, we request that common knowledge thoroughness of the rule is again carried out also to the rice import traders in the U.S.

5. At the time of the formal enforcement from August 12, 2004, if these problems are not solved, lots of confusion is expected. Therefore, we subsequently request flexible response from the U.S Government to Japanese exporters like the present educational period after August 12.