German Food Blog: Labeling and Trade Regulations

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

The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121

As the Vermont law Consumer Protection Rule # 121 comes into effect July 1, 2016, all food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) must be labeled accordingly or face a hefty fine. Food items containing less than 0.9% of GMO ingredients do not have to be labeled. This is true both for all foods grown in Vermont and foods shipped into Vermont. Thus, the burden of checking and labeling rests with distributors and retailers. The food industry has a grace period of 6 months. After January 1, 2017, non compliance can be costly. Accordingly,  many US importers and their distribution customers … Continue reading “The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121”

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

FSMA: Letter of Guarantee, Affidavit

As governmental oversight and enforcement in the US becomes stricter and potentially more costly for US importers, wholesalers and retailers, foreign manufacturers will be asked to vouch for the safety and label compliance of their exported products. That’s why more and more industrial and retail customers in the US request a legally binding Letter of Guarantee or and Affidavit from their foreign suppliers that they do not ship adulterated or misbranded food – as defined by the Food & Drug Administration. Similarly, the increasing wave of lawsuits in California due to non-compliance with Prop 65, or the potential wave of … Continue reading “FSMA: Letter of Guarantee, Affidavit”

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

FSMA: Meaning of Misbranded Foods

Here is what the US Congress defined as “misbranded” food in the context of the Food Safety Modernization Act: Should misbranded food knowingly introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce cause a danger to the health and lives of people, the responsible US manufacturer or US importer of foreign manufactured foods will be held financially or criminally liable. In the vast majority of cases, misbranded food has to be pulled off the shelf which also can be costly, especially for small companies. Increasingly, imported food that does not comply with US labeling laws, will be stopped at the border. As governmental … Continue reading “FSMA: Meaning of Misbranded Foods”

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

FSMA: The Meaning of Adulterated Foods

Here is what the US Congress defined as “adulterated” food in the context of the Food Safety Modernization Act. US manufacturers or US importers of foreign manufactured foods can be criminally liable to knowingly introduce adulterated food into interstate commerce. This includes food and beverages that: …contain poisonous or insanitary ingredients or substance that lead to injurious health, including undeclared allergens, pesticides, bacteria, chemicals, additives, animal drugs, filthy, putrid or decomposed substances, meat from diseased animals, packed in containers that is made from poisonous or deleterious substances (for example Bisphenol A), or radiation … lack valuable constituents, includes substitutes of … Continue reading “FSMA: The Meaning of Adulterated Foods”

September 30, 2015 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Food Safety Modernization Act – Update

It took five years from the president’s signature to the publication of the final rule. Now it’s here: as of September 2015, the first final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) comes into force. In the following, we’ve summarized the most significant aspects of the FSMA rules and how they may impact producers, exporters and the import community (click on links to read more): Significance: The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 ist the largest overhaul of the US food safety system and Food & Drug Administration’s mandate since the presidency of Franklin Delaneor Roosevelt (the 1930s) Prior … Continue reading “Food Safety Modernization Act – Update”