Food Safety Modernization Act: What Does It Mean For Importers?

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
75 Minutes
Product Description

Understand the New Import Food Safety Requirements Under FSMA

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 meets regulatory food safety requirements. Other countries are trending in the same direction.

This conference by Dr. John Ryan will explain how every step of the food production, processing, storage, distribution, transportation and delivery processes is covered in new legislation designed to build on top of old import requirement.

In this program, you’ll learn:

  • Global food markets drive new import food safety requirements for all countries
  • 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 Operations 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

Benefits of the session

  • Understand the U.S. food safety import processes
  • Know the step-by-step process from the farm to the border
  • Learn how the FSMA classifies “risk” associated with food
  • 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

Who should attend

  • U.S. food processors, distributors, retailers, and restaurant chains importing food from foreign countries
  • Buyers of imported foods
  • Foreign food producers, processers, distributors and exporters
  • International food carriers
  • Import and export logistics personnel
  • Foreign facility food safety specialists
  • 3PL food carrier companies
  • Cross Docking companies
  • Government Border USDA and FDA Food Inspection Personnel
  • Drivers moving food across US borders


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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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