Food Import Detections and Seizures: The Current and Future Regulatory Environment

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Prerecorded Event
60 Minutes
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Understand the U.S. Food Safety Import Processes from Farm to Border

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 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.

Why you should attend:

If you import human or animal food or food supplements and ingredients into the United States for the purpose of consumption, you are impacted. Understanding the rules and regulations can greatly help to reduce risk to consumers and to your company. As a food supply chain member, you are responsible to assure the reliability and food safety of our suppliers. Qualification and management of your producers, shippers and carriers are critical to your organization’s success and survival.  

Dr John Ryan will help you guide your company through current and future regulatory requirements in this webinar.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the U.S. food safety import processes from farm to border
  • Review food import trends
  • Understand FDA selection, investigations, review and violation procedures
  • Review guidance concerning recommending customs seizures
  • Understand “adulterants”
  • Decrease your chance for being “sampled”
  • Understand import food safety issues

Areas covered in this session:

  • Global Food Markets drive new import food safety requirements
  • Review how the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is 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


  • Background data
  • The FDA and FSMA
  • Foreign Food Facility Inspection Program: At the Producer, Processor & Shipper
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program: At the Processor
  • Transportation: heading to the border
  • Prior notice of imported food: before you reach the border
  • Seizure and destruction of adulterated foods:  at the border
  • Some import food safety issues
  • Import requirements of some other countries 

Who should attend

  • Food buyers
  • Foreign food producers and exporters
  • International food carriers
  • Import and export logistics personnel
  • Foreign facility food safety specialists

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About Our Speaker

Dr. John Ryan - Food Safety Program Expert

Dr. John Ryan holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He has been working on transportation food safety issues since 2011 after retiring from his position as the administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture's Quality Assurance Division where he headed up Hawaii’s commodity inspection, food safety certification and measurement standards service groups. He has won awards for traceability technology for his visionary...   More Info
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