part of its efforts to protect the nation's food supply against
terrorism and other food-related emergencies, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration recently published interim final rules requiring
prior notice of imported food shipments and registration of food
the new regs would not require many truckers to register, they
could create delays for the truckers at the border if the shippers
do not have their paperwork in order.
rules, which will be subject to a 75-day comment period, would
require pre-notification of cross-border food shipments at least
two hours before arrival at the border.
addition, the rules would require domestic and foreign food facilities
that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal
consumption in the United States to register with the agency by
Dec. 12. The new rule on the registration of food facilities
stipulates that “transport vehicles that hold food only in the
usual course of their business as carriers” do not have to register
with the FDA.
proposed rule issued earlier this year would have required importers
give notice by noon the day before the arrival of a shipment of
food into the United States for all modes of transportation, including
truck. FDA says the final regulation could see time frames further
reduced as part of FDA and Customs and Border Protection’s plan
to coordinate border-management activities more efficiently.
FDA rules remain different from advance cargo information rules
proposed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Under the customs
proposal, shipments qualified under the FAST program would be
subject to a pre-notification interval of only 30 minutes and
one hour for all other imports.
two new regulations are part of the requirements of the Public
Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act
read the interim final rules, go to www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/furls/.