April 2, 2014
Authored by: Brandon Neuschafer
On March 31, 2014, FDA opened a sixty-day comment period on revised draft guidance regarding prior notice of imported foods. As its name suggests, the rule requires notice to FDA prior to importing any food into the United States. Nearly every Q&A in the guidance document has been updated, and changes have been made to the information that must be provided in a prior notice. For example, under the new guidance a prior notice will need to indicate whether the food has been refused entry by another country.
This guidance, now in its third edition, has not been updated since May 2004, meaning the impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act had not been taken into account. Comments on the draft guidance are currently due May 30, 2014.