Food Import Detections and Seizures: The Current and Future Regulatory Environment
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With $49 billion worth of imported foods, the FDA and its regulatory allies oversee more than 420,000 domestic and foreign facilities.
Importers of food products intended for introduction and consumption in the United States through international commerce are responsible for ensuring that the products are safe, sanitary, wholesome, and labeled according to U.S. requirements. Over 70% of all seafood and 35% of all produce consumed in the U.S. are imported.
If you think the FDA is unable to effectively control imported food safety, think again. They do not work alone.
Food importers face special challenges from Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the FDA and USDA, Center for Disease Control, Food Safety Inspection Service, Agricultural and Marketing Services, Food and Nutrition Services, the USDA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These organizations combine their enforcement powers to assure that food produced, processed and transported into the United States for consumption meet regulatory food safety requirements. Other countries are trending in the same direction.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Who Will Benefit:
- Global Food Markets drive new import food safety requirements
- Review how the FDA's Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) are changing things
- Understand "Prior Notice" requirements
- Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
- Prepare for the Foreign Facility Inspection Program
- Learn what is in the “Investigations Operation Manual (IOM)
- What can happen to your product when seized
- Learn what other countries require for food import
- Review the proposed rules for food safety and quality during transportation processes
- Learn how much food and what food is imported from different countries
- Understand what the Imported Seafood Safety Program includes
- PREDICT & OASIS Systems
- Other resources available to help you
- U.S. food processors, distributors, retailers and restaurant chains importing food from foreign countries
- Food buyers
- Foreign food producers and exporters
- International food carriers
- Import and export logistics personnel
- Foreign facility food safety specialists
- Food import companies
- Import food safety personnel (managers/directors)
- Food quality personnel (managers/directors)
Dr. John Ryan's quality system career has spanned the manufacturing, food, transportation and Internet industries over the past 30 years. He has worked and lived extensively throughout Asia and the U.S. at the corporate and facility levels for large and small companies as a turn-around specialist. His clients have included Seagate Technology, Read-Rite, Destron IDI, Intel, and GSS-Array. He has consulted, taught at the university graduate level, and is a retired quality assurance administrator from the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture.
He holds a Ph.D. and has been involved in the quality profession for over 30 years on an international basis and in a variety of industries. He designed and piloted the United States first RFID enabled farm to retail traceability system in the nation while working with Motorola, Lowry Systems and other well-known industry companies. He has published over forty papers on quality systems and has recently published a book for Elsevier Press entitled "Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices". He previously published "The Quality Team Concept in Total Quality Control" with the American Society for Quality. He began Ryan Systems over ten years ago.
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