Food Safety Magazine

News | May 31, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule on Prior Notice of Imported Food

By Staff


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that adopts the interim final rule, Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food. This rule adds information to prior notice requirements already established under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. A person submitting prior notice of imported food must report the name of any country that has refused entry of that product.

The Food Safety Modernization Act required this amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The law gives FDA new tools to better ensure that imported foods are produced under the same safety standards as those produced in the United States. The final rule adopts the regulatory requirements outlined in the interim final rule.

This final rule was effective May 30, 2013.