German Food Blog

Look to this blog for nutrition and lifestyle trends, agricultural issues, and timely updates on FDA actions, trade regulations, and other matters affecting the market for German foods and beverages in North America.


May 22, 2017 Posted in Labeling and Trade Regulations

All About the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

What is the Foreign Supplier Verification Program? As the name suggests, US importers now have the legal and financial responsibility to approve and verify foreign suppliers, ensuring that the products they import and distribute in the US fully comply with the food safety standards and methods prescribed by the Food Safety Modernization act of 2011. … Continue reading “All About the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs”

May 9, 2017 Posted in Food Technology and Innovation, German Food Blog


Taking place this week in Berlin is re:publica 17, one of the world’s largest conferences about digital culture. This year is particularly important for re:publica, as it is the 10th anniversary of the convention’s founding. Re:publica attempts to unite global experts on technological and digital affairs with those who wish to learn and expand their … Continue reading “Farm2-D2”

May 8, 2017 Posted in Monthly

The Merry Month of May

It’s Spargelzeit! In Germany, white asparagus is Spring’s culinary status symbol, everyone goes nuts for asparagus recipes — and we’ve got five new unusual asparagus recipes to try, along with a host of tried and true traditionals. Or, plan a trip along Germany’s Asparagus Road, while you read about how white asparagus differs from green, … Continue reading “The Merry Month of May”

January 13, 2017 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Food Regulation 2017

A summary of regulatory changes and updates in 2017, as published by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration), USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and TTB (Tobacco and Alcohol Tax and Tariff Bureau) in 2017. We provide a brief synopsis and comment under each link. The most important regulatory changes in 2016 Food label changes, … Continue reading “Food Regulation 2017”

November 8, 2016 Posted in For German-Speaking Exporters, German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German

Im Jahr 2011 verabschiedete der US Kongress und Präsident Obama den Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Dieses bahnbrechende Gesetz gibt der US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) grundlegend neue Befugnisse zur Überwachung und Regulierung von Lebensmitteln, die in den USA hergestellt oder vertrieben werden. Die Behörde brauchte immerhin fünf Jahre, um das Gesetz in umzusetzen. … Continue reading “All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German”