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 Program

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 mandated by the Food Safety Modernization act of 2011. This requires three major new procedures: hiring or engaging a qualified individual with knowledge of Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control (HARPC) methods. creating a foreign supplier verification program (see below) providing the FSVP importer “unique facility identifier” (UFI) each time when filing an entry … Continue reading “All About the Foreign Supplier Verification Program”

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 field of knowledge. This year’s convention has over 8,000 participants and 770 international speakers, including Joanne Pransky, “The World’s First Robotics Psychiatrist.” The Robotics Doctor is In Joanne Pransky is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s convention in Berlin. She is a robotics … Continue reading “Farm2-D2”

May 8, 2017 Posted in Monthly

The Merry Month of May

Mix of Green and White Asparagus with Ham

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, and why the ancient Greeks and Romans deemed asparagus an aphrodisiac. Okay, so possibly they were under the influence of all that asparagus, but why would 70 Bavarian young men meet in middle of the night to steal Munich’s new permanent Maytree? The tradition of … 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, menu labeling initiative, FSMA, Prop 65 and more… The Food Safety Modernization Act – explained in German Food Safety Plan, Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls and more…   January 2017 Listeria Control. The FDA published a guidance to industry on how to prevent contamination by one … 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. Hier sind die drei wichtigsten Eckpunkte: Die Verantwortung und Haftung bei Ausbrüchen von Lebensmittelvergiftungen liegt nun ausschliesslich bei Herstellern, Importeuren, Großhändlern und Transportunternehmen, nicht bei der FDA Die FDA hat nun die uneingeschränkte Befugnis, Lebensmittelbetriebe oder Importfirmen in den USA zu schliessen, wenn diese den … Continue reading “All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German”