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FDA Considers Deprioritizing Inspection and Sampling for Imported Foods

FDA Considers Deprioritizing Inspection for Imported Foods

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Under a recently released draft guidance document, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its regulatory oversight activities and is considering deprioritizing inspection and sampling for imported foods covered by a Systems Recognition Arrangement (SRA) between another country’s food safety authority and the FDA.

Existing SRAs define “food products” for the purpose of each SRA. Under the existing arrangements, “food products” includes any article used as food and drink for humans, chewing gum, and any article under for components of these. Some exclusions may exist in each SRA.

Countries the United States currently has SRAs with are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. 

Comments and suggestions regarding this draft guidance should be submitted within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register to 

Please reach out to your local DSV Customs Brokerage representative with any questions on how this may affect your imports.

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