The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all food products as well as food-related items, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. Most shipments that are refused admission by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are refused due to incorrect paperwork or other technicality – this makes the role of a proactive Customs Broker more important than ever. The Custom Broker must clearly understand what the food item is, how it is prepared and how it is packaged. If the FDA is properly notified with the appropriate and accurate classifications of food items, unnecessary inspections are less likely. We at Henry E. Kloch & Co Customs Brokers are experts in the proper classification of food and food-related items. We are experienced in classification of Korean food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, Greek food and food items from several other countries.
Should you question if your product is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection and subsequent attention, you can check the import alerts at the FDA website or contact our customs broker offices.
Since 9/11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased inspections of all imported merchandise. The FDA’s Bioterrorism Act will go into effect in October 2003, placing a greater burden on importers of food products. We recommend you read the provisions of the new regulations as it will have a major impact on all food importers businesses. We will be here to assist our clients to help them comply with the new regulations.
All suppliers, manufacturers and importers of food including animal feed must register their facilities to comply with the law. This can be done at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~furls/ovffreg.html