F.D.A. proposes rule for refused imports

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule to reduce the practice called "port shopping," or trying to gain entry at different ports when a potential import has already been rejected. The F.D.A. requires such foods must be exported or destroyed.

The proposed rule would require shipping containers of food barred from entry and accompanying documents to be labeled as refused to make it easier to detect food previous refused.

"This system will make it more difficult for food importers to evade import controls after being denied admission into the United States," said Randall Lutter, deputy commissioner for policy. "It will complement our ongoing efforts to monitor food imports."

The rule would require denied imports to bear a label that would read, "United States: Refused Entry." The rule would also implement a provision of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

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