Importers Have Additional Option for Obtaining FDA-Required Certifications
© , Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Originally published in the [05/08/2019] issue of the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report. Reprinted by permission.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced the accreditation of another certification body under the FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. LSQA S.A. of Uruguay has become accredited for produce safety and preventive controls for human food.
Accredited third-party certification bodies can conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities (including farms) and the human and animal foods they produce. Such certifications can be used by importers to establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, which offers expedited review of food entries.
In addition, while the FDA does not generally require certification as a condition of entry, in certain circumstances it can require certification of imported products or the facilities that produce them, typically to prevent the entry of a potentially harmful food.