U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations designed to protect
against terrorist threats to the food supply face massive non-compliance
when they go into effect next month, a new survey indicates.
than 200 food industry executives were polled last month regarding
the new registration, record-keeping and reporting requirements,
which go into effect Dec. 12, 2003.
could mean thousands of food shipments being held at the U.S. border,
a potentially disastrous situation for importers of perishables
and for truckers facing lengthy delays.
among readers of Latin Trade Magazine, the survey found more
than 50 percent of food industry executives remain unaware of the
existence of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, which expands FDA’s oversight
of the food industry. Latin America-based executives are somewhat
more aware of the requirements, with awareness at 58 percent, the
new regulations require all food producers, processors, packers
and shippers to register with the FDA, and require non-U.S. companies
to designate a registered agent in the United States. Another controversial
provision requires prior notice of all food shipments entering the