FDA Recognizes DUNS Number as Acceptable for Importer Identification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step towards ensuring the accuracy of its inventory of importers responsible for meeting the requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule.

The FDA issued guidance formally recognizing the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as an acceptable unique facility identifier (UFI) for FSVP. The identification of importers will help the FDA effectively implement, monitor compliance with, and enforce the FSVP requirements, which are designed to help ensure that imported foods meet U.S. safety standards. Read more

U.S., Australian Food Safety Systems are “comparable”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and Canada in 2016. Read more

USDA Inspection of Siluriformes fish, including catfish, full enforcement from Sep 1, 2017

After an 18-month transition period, full enforcement of USDA inspection of siluriformes fish, including catfish began on Sep 1, 2017. According to some Vietnam news reports, “the change will have potentially disastrous consequences for Vietnam catfish producers, because while the FDA does spot checks on a small sample of imports as they arrive, the USDA requires on-site inspections of production facilities. For countries like Vietnam, setting up an equivalent system could take years and effectively cripple the industry.” Read more

Traceability programs improve food safety in HCM City

Food safety has become an issue of utmost concern these days, not only for foreign importers but also for local consumers, so the key question is how and where food is produced. Today’s buyers want food items that are traceable. Such a trend is now being proactively taken by both State management agencies and enterprises, who have become aware that it is a matter of survival. Read more

Seafood Import Monitoring Program Final Rule – entry into effect Jan 1, 2018

The Seafood Import Monitoring Program final rule to combat fish fraud and illegal fishing was issued on Dec 8, 2016. The rule requires that fish species most often passed off fraudulently or at risk of illegal fishing be tracked from their source of origin before they can be imported to the United States. It requires retention of supply chain data by the importer of record and extends an existing NMFS requirement to obtain an annually renewable International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP) to import the seafood and seafood products regulated under this rule. Read more

Vietnamese served low-quality coffee, customer protection association warns

According to the latest survey by the Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association (Vinatas) in Hanoi, HCM City, Binh Duong and Soc Trang, nearly one third of local coffee products were either of extremely low quality or even fake.  Read more

National Pork Producers Council supports TPP

The importance of trade deals is evident given that the United States now exports more pork to the 20 countries with which it has FTAs than to all other nations combined. U.S. exports of pork have increased by 1,550 percent in value and nearly 1,300 percent in volume since 1989, the year the United States implemented the FTA with Canada and started opening international markets for value-added agriculture products. Pork exports add significantly to the bottom line of each U.S. pork producer, so opening new and expanding existing markets for U.S. pork exports through free trade agreements (FTAs) are vital to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry. Read more

Think You Bought Red Snapper? Don’t Be So Sure

When the environmental group Oceana conducted a large study of the issue three years ago, the results were shocking. Scientists performed DNA tests on more than 1,200 samples from nearly 700 different stores and restaurants in 21 states. One out of three fish were mislabeled, in violation of Food and Drug Administration regulations, and the numbers were even worse in big cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston. Read more

Food Safety: TraceVerified provides traceability for food products in Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh is perhaps one of the most interesting and qualified foodtech entrepreneurs you’ll meet in Vietnam. A seafood processing engineer by trade, she got her PhD in political economy and was eventually appointed as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries to head up food safety and fishery exports in Vietnam.

Due to her background, Dr. Nguyen naturally grew passionate on the topics of food safety, transparency and traceability, an internationally-recognized methodology to collect and offer transparent information about the food that is eaten or sold to determine whether it is safe or of high quality. Read more

Officials urge tighter food safety control

Chairman of Hà Nội Supermarkets Association Vũ Vinh Phú said that more attention should be paid to the production stage with solving problems of production factors like air, soil and water. A recent  conference, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed that in the first half of this year, 0.42 per cent of tested meat contained the banned chemical Sabutamol, almost four per cent of vegetables had excessive concentrations of pesticide, 1.3 per cent of meat contained excessive concentrations of chemicals, and 5.3 per cent of aquaculture products had excessive antibiotics residue. Read more