Genetically Engineered Food Labeling

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ORGANIC VS. GMO

The use of Genetic Engineering (GE), or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products.

This means

* an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds

* an organic cow can’t eat GMO corn

* an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients.

Should GMO foods always be labeled so consumers are aware that the product contains genetically modified ingredients?

Despite the prevalence of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in grocery stores and prepared foods, it remains difficult if not impossible for consumers to determine if the foods they eat contain GMOs.

Which foods contain GMOs?

Corn

Soy

Canola

Sugar beets grown in the U.S. are now genetically engineered,
and they are often used as ingredients in processed foods.

A new form of salmon that is genetically altered to grow to maturity twice as fast as wild salmon is currently undergoing a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration. If approved, it would be the first genetically engineered animal to be marketed.

Potato that is genetically engineered to resist bruising and to have potentially lower levels of acrylamide, a suspected human carcinogen that the vegetable can produce when it is cooked at the high temperatures used to make potato chips and french fries. The FDA hasn’t completed a voluntary safety review for the new GMO potato.

McDonald’s is sticking to its current policy of using only non-GMO potatoes for its fries.

Legislation

Under FDC Act sections 403(a)(1) and 201(n), a food is misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular, including by failing to disclose facts material with respect to the consequences which may result from use of the food under customary or usual conditions of use.

The FDA has taken the position that bioengineered foods (FDA prefers the term bioengineered to GE) as a class are not materially different from conventional foods, and therefore there is no basis to require labeling that specifies their method of production.

Currently, the FDA requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes, but the agency has resisted labels for genetically modified foods.

Even the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized that these foods are materially different and novel for patent purposes.

Sixty-four countries around the world already require the labeling of GE foods, including all the member nations of the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Would GMO labeling drive up grocery prices?

Mandatory labeling that informs consumers about whether their food contains GMOs would add less than a penny a day to their grocery bills.

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Exporting Food Products to the USA

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U. S. Agent for Foreign Establishments

All foreign establishments or facilities must notify the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the name, address, phone, and email address of their U. S. Agent.

This requirement applies to

* Food facilities

* Dietary supplements facilities

* Food canning establishments

* Cosmetics establishments

* Drugs establishments

* Medical devices establishments.

Responsibilities of the U. S. Agent

* Assist the FDA in communications with the foreign establishment

* Respond to questions concerning the foreign establishment’s products that are imported or offered for import into the United States, and

* Assist the FDA in scheduling inspections of the foreign establishment.

A U.S. Agent may also register the Foreign Food Facilities on behalf of foreign companies.

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Food Canning Establishment (FCE)

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Anyone wishing to can low-acid foods must use certified equipment, have received proper training at a “Better Process Control School” and keep extensive records as specified by federal regulations.

Better Process Control School (BPCS)

■ course approved by the Food and Drug Administration as well as the United States Department of Agriculture

■ for processors of acidified and low acid canned foods

■ offered online, 2 day workshop (acidified only) or a 3 1/2 day workshop for the entire course.

■ Participants must pass the exams with a score of 70% or higher to become BPCS certified

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Why should you register your company?

The global canned food industry is
expected to reach $108 billion by 2022

Innovative product offerings with a focus on convenience, quality and eco-friendliness are expected to drive the market growth.

Companies that manufacture or process, pack, hold low-acid canned foods (LACF) and acidified foods (AF) for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are required to obtain a Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration before exporting or distributing their food products.

They must also file documentation for each process used in the production of low-acid canned and acidified foods, in order to obtain Scheduled Process Identification (SID) Numbers.

Are subject to the FDA regulations canned vegetables, mushrooms, some fruits
fish and acidified products stabilized by heat sterilization treatment (pasteurization of acidified product).

These products are low acid, pasteurized, sterilized or acidified and sold in metal tins & cans canisters, drums, pails buckets, jars, bottles flexible pouches or tetra paks.

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Exporting Food Products to the USA

Foreign Supplier Verification

Export your Food Products to the USA

Canadian food and supplements companies based in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, pay less for FDA REGISTRATION. Interested?

Before you ship your dietary supplements to the United States, get an FDA REGISTRATION Number for your company. Also, make sure your labels are FDA Compliant. Finally, file a PN (Prior Notice). We can help with all that, 7 days a week.

Importers are now required to have a program to verify that the food products they are bringing into the U.S are safe.

The FDA is increase the number of inspections of foreign facilities and can deny entry to an import if a foreign facility refuses an FDA inspection. Prior notice submissions will need to include, as an additional element, any country to which the food has been refused entry.

Under the law, there is no fee for the initial FDA inspection. However, the FDA has the authority to assess and collect fees for some types of costs, such as re-inspection-related costs when an initial inspection has identified certain food safety problems ($221 an hour if no foreign travel is required and $289 an hour if foreign travel is required).

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Legislation to consider when exporting

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Your U.S. Importers who establish and verify compliance with pre-existing Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) regulation will not be required to comply with most of the standard Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) requirements.

Certain U.S. importers would not have to conduct hazard analyses and would be able to verify their foreign suppliers by obtaining written assurances from their supplier.

U.S. importers are required to identify and evaluate illness data, scientific reports and other known or reasonably foreseeable hazards for each type of food they import to determine if there are any hazards requiring a control. These include:

* Biological hazards, including parasites and disease-causing bacteria

* Chemical hazards, including radiological hazards, pesticide and drug residues, natural toxins, food decomposition, unapproved food or color additives, and food allergens

* Physical hazards, such as glass.

In compliance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established new regulations:

  • Domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture or process, pack, hold food are required to register unless food from that facility undergoes further processing (including packaging) by another foreign facility before the food is exported to the United States. However, if the subsequent foreign facility performs only a minimal activity, such as putting on a label, both facilities are required to register.
  • Unless registration was completed, any food product shipped to the United States will be DENIED ENTRY.

The  FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4 2011, enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. The FSMA amended section 415 of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), 21 U.S.C. § 350d, which requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with the FDA.

Under FSMA, all food facilities that are required to register with the FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act must renew their registration with the FDA, every other year, during the period of time beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year.

If your facility handles any of the included foods, it must be registered with the FDA:

  • Dietary supplements and dietary ingredients
  • Infant formula
  • Beverages (including alcoholic beverages and bottled water)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Fish and seafood
  • Dairy products and shell eggs
  • Raw agricultural commodities for use as food or components of food
  • Canned and frozen foods
  • Bakery goods, snack food, and candy (including chewing gum)
  • Live animals
  • Food for animals.

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