FDA Holiday Imports

The time is fast approaching where US shoppers will begin their holiday shopping. FDA holiday imports are a common feature of the holiday season in particular speciality foods imported from across the globe. FDA holiday imports are unique because the timing is absolutely crucial. An import delay or refusal could lead to a costly missed seasonal opportunity. FDA holiday imports therefore must be particularly compliant to ensure the holiday season goes on as scheduled.

Registration of a food facility is perhaps the first best step to compliance. FDA holiday imports even if only occurring seasonally must be coming from and received by FDA registered facilities. Unlike medical device or drug registrations, there is no filing fee paid for food facilities registration. This means there is no reason to not complete the food facility registration for your FDA holiday imports.

Whether selling directly, through Amazon or another retailer a second step in compliance is label reviews. Amazon and other big retailers expect FDA holiday imports to carry compliant labels. In some cases this is easy, such as translating a label into English. Other FDA holiday imports pose a challenge – for example with EU additive listing e number listings. FDA holiday imports could also contain novel ingredients subject to special requirements. An ingredient and claims review of the label is important to avoid an import refusal or delay.

Other FDA holiday imports like beverages, juices, seafood, canned food (acidified/low acid), cheeses, alchohol/beer, supplements, or OTC drugs are subject to unique requirements.

Before you ship your FDA holiday imports be sure your in compliance. Contact our Washington D.C. or Charlotte office to learn more.

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Marc Sanchez

Marc Sanchez

Marc is dedicated to helping his clients navigate the complex world of FDA and USDA legislation. He represents FDA-regulated companies in the food, dietary supplement, beverage, cosmetic, medical device, and drug industries.

Marc is the author of two textbooks and a lecturer at Northeastern University. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the D.C. Bar Association.

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