Food products have become increasingly globalized commodities, thanks largely to the rapid growth of international
trade, more sophisticated transportation systems and the increasing demand from sophisticated and educated consumers. But along
with growing demand comes greater awareness of food safety concerns, as well as accurate food labeling compliance — especially
on the part of import and export regulators. As
food manufacturers and suppliers capitalize
on expanding opportunities to source both
locally and globally, they are required take a
proactive approach to navigate through different governments’ complex laws in order to
minimize potential risks like confiscation, regulatory enforcement, outbreak and liability.
Notably, the Food and Drug Administration
estimates that about 48 million Americans
get sick from adulterated food each year. In
fact, up to 128,000 people are hospitalized
from outbreaks. Such events disrupt global
food safety systems that obviously seek to
minimize health concerns to consumers.
The events also have great economic consequences to the manufacturers and suppliers
and their insurers.
Therefore, the industry and governments
like the United States are taking proactive
steps in order to minimize production of
adulterated food while
also providing clear
labeling of the products to the consumer.
The U.S. has taken
significant strides in addressing safety and
increased labeling guidance by enacting the
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As we
discuss below, the FSMA greatly enhanced
regulatory authority to various agencies which
directly affect both food exports and imports.
Exporting Food Products
Exporting food from the U.S. to foreign
countries is a strongly regulated practice.
While all governments exert some level of
control over food supplies to
support policies that protect its
citizens, the U.S. is proactively
providing clear requirements
and guidance to food exporters
while simultaneously seeking
to increase standardized and
Navigating Import and Export Safety Regulations o
Thomas F. Segalla, Andrew J. Scholz and Leah A. Brndjar, Goldberg Segalla
Leah A. Brndjar