May 31, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule Regarding Prior Notice

Alert | FSMA Alert

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the final rule that amends the prior notice requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&CA). Effective May 30, 2013, all prior notice submissions to FDA accompanying imported food intended for human or animal consumption must report the name of any country to which the article has been refused entry.

Prior notice requirements were established in 2002 pursuant to the Bioterrorism Act and were intended to safeguard the food supply. Requirements included the receipt of certain information about imported foods prior to arrival in the U.S. and established a system of refusal of admission when prior notice was not provided to the FDA....

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