German Food Blog: Labeling and Trade Regulations

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”

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”

August 6, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations

Here is a brief introduction to the German fruit preserve law, the classifications and legally prescribed fruit content. Classification The official term for fruit preserves in German is Konfitüre (fruit spread).  Yet, in  German vernacular, you can find many other words: Marmelade (engl: marmelade): Derived from the Portugese word “marmelo” (engl: quince).  Most Germans use the word as umbrella term for all fruit preserves and jams. Yet, European and German law mandates that only citrus-based preserves may officially be called Marmelade   Konfitüre (engl: fruit preserve or jam): This words leans on the French la confiture and stands for jams with … Continue reading “Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations”

May 9, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm and requires all businesses to notify Californians if chemicals in the products they sell exceed the threshold levels determined by the authorities. For example, food manufacturer will have to place warnings on the label if the product contains more … Continue reading “No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65”