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FDA to Extend Information Collection on Prior Notice of Imported Foods

Friday, December 27, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration is inviting public comments by Jan. 27 on the proposed extension of approval of an information collection associated with prior notice of food, including food for animals, that is imported or offered for import into the U.S. Such notice must be submitted electronically using the Automated Broker Interface of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial System or FDA’s Prior Notice System Interface. Information collected in the prior notice submission includes the following.

- the submitter and transmitter

- the entry type and CBP identifier

- the article of food, including complete FDA product code

- the manufacturer, for an article of food no longer in its natural state

- the grower, if known, for an article of food in its natural state

- the FDA country of production

- the name of any country that has refused entry of the product

- the shipper, except for food imported by international mail

- the country from which the article of food is shipped or, if the food is imported by international mail, the anticipated date of mailing and country from which the food is mailed

- the anticipated arrival information or, if the food is imported by international mail, the U.S. recipient

- the importer, owner and ultimate consignee, except for food imported by international mail or transshipped through the U.S.

- the carrier and mode of transportation, except for food imported by international mail

- planned shipment information, except for food imported by international mail

Any person with knowledge of the required information may submit prior notice; thus, the respondents to this information collection may include importers, owners, ultimate consignees, shippers and carriers.

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