Wednesday, October 15, 2003

This is going to discourage a lot of people from exporting food to the US:
The owner, operator, or agent in charge of a domestic or foreign facility that manufactures/processes, packs, or holds food for human or animal consumption in the U.S., or an individual authorized by one of them, must register that facility with FDA by December 12, 2003. A domestic facility must register whether or not food from the facility enters interstate commerce. A foreign facility must designate a U.S. agent (for example a facility's importer or broker), who must live or maintain a place of business in the U.S. and be physically present in the U.S., for purposes of registration.
This is what we already have for imported meats (see this FSIS page), which is why we cannot get Ib�rico ham, and only recently got prosciutto di Parma, di San Daniele, and Serrano ham.

What is interesting domestically is that the FDA may have more power to inspect meat plants than the FSIS (USDA), which is responsible for making sure that the meat is safe now. So agribusiness will still be free to sell us shit-soaked carcasses, while the FDA can shut them down if one of their minimum wage indentured servants looks fishy.

It is perhaps also slightly ironic that these "burdensome paperwork" requirements sailed through at a time when agribusiness, and its lackeys at the USDA, is bitching and moaning about Country of Origin labelling.

[cross posted at the cheese diaries]

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