Food Importation and FDA Oversight

Joe Lynch

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Food importations into the U.S. are subject to oversight by the Food and Drug Administration. There are many FDA regulations that can slow down and even prevent the importation of food. Knowing the rules and processes set in place by FDA will allow you to import food confidently. Food safety is an important priority for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The nature of the U.S. food supply is rapidly changing because of complex food supply chains, increasing globalization, changes in the U.S. population, and new and diverse dietary patterns. These changes present new challenges to our food safety system, prompting FDA to find new ways to strengthen its inspection and enforcement program. Enforcement can range from a warning letter to imprisonment, which is why it is imperative to know how to properly navigate the importation process of food.

Course Objective

  • The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • FDA oversight of food importation
  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
  • FDA flags FD3 and FD4
  • FDA product code and Product Code Builder
  • FDA Prior Notice requirements


Course Outline

Topics covered include: 
  • Shift in importer responsibilities
  • Foreign supplier verification program
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) sections 301 thru 309
  • Creating an FDA Product Code using the FDA Product Code Builder
  • FDA Prior Notice; What? Who? How? 
  • FDA Facility Registration
  • FDA Prior Notice submission Constraints
  • FDA Prior Notice required information
  • Exclusions from FDA Prior Notice rule
  • FDA Import Alerts
  • New Program – Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)
  • FDA HTSUS flags; FD3 and FD4


Target Audience

  • Import Brokerage Professionals
  • Trade Compliance Professionals
  • Food Distributors
  • Food Importers
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Company / Business Owners
  • Managers/ Supervisors
  • Audit and Compliance Personnel / Risk Managers.
  • Any person involved in the importation, handing, warehousing, manufacturing or distribution of food.

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Speaker: Joe Lynch,

Joe Lynch is the founder of The Logistics of Logistics, a logistics training and consulting firm. Joe specializes in helping logistics and transportation companies grow their sales. Joe also works with manufacturers, retailers, distributors and wholesalers to select and manage their logistics providers (3PLs, brokers, carriers, etc.) Joe’s significant experience in logistics and supply chain has given him unique insights into the challenges and opportunities facing companies that outsource some or all of their transportation and logistics functions. Mr. Lynch is a frequent speaker and presenter at industry conferences. Joe also conducts dozens of webinars per year. Recent topics include: inbound logistics, automotive logistics, 3PL selection & implementation, service level agreements, managing with key performance indicators, 3PL sales strategy, shipping to/from Mexico, Food Safety, Latin America SC and LTL trends. Prior to founding The Logistics of Logistics, Joe was the General Manager of a non-asset based 3PL. Earlier in his career, Joe led a supply chain consultancy, which focused on the automotive sector. His consulting engagements included: value stream mapping, supply chain optimization, lean product development, module strategy, and quality improvement. Joe started his career as an automotive engineer and eventually rose to program launch manager for vehicles built in Thailand and China. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Cleary University. Joe also earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan.