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What You Need to Know About Changes in Food Import Regulations Under FSMA

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Cost: $250.00

Webinar: 1.5 CCS Credits

The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January 2011 imposes significant compliance responsibilities on some 90,000 U.S. businesses and more than 100,000 foreign exporters of human and animal food. The Food and Drug Administration recently issued the first two of seven final rules under FSMA, concerning risk-based preventative controls, which will require compliance as early as September 2016. This 90-minute webinar will help affected companies understand these complex rules and their practical impact.

International Trade Webinar - Key Topics

- status of the seven final rules and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

- preparing risk-based preventative control plans

- potential problems and significant risks in vendor agreements, indemnification agreements, and product liability and recall and contamination insurance risk-management programs

- planning for changes in import management procedures by the FDA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Agriculture

Our Speakers

Shelly Garg is an attorney with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami and Los Angeles offices, and a member of the firm's FDA Practice Group. Ms. Garg practices in the areas of foods and beverages, over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and dietary supplements. She assists foreign and domestic businesses, manufacturers, distributors, importers and research institutions with regulatory compliance, trade and enforcement matters involving the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Department of Justice, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal, state and local authorities. She provides counsel to clients in areas such as strategic business planning, product development, testing and approval, advertisement and promotion, liability risk, inspections and related issues.

Michael O’Rourke is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the New York office. His practice is focused on all aspects of customs and international trade law, including tariff classification, duty rates, valuation, penalties, U.S. Customs audits, seizures and detentions, country of origin criteria, labeling and invoice requirements, and free trade agreements. Mr. O’Rourke represents a diverse group of clients before various administrative, enforcement and regulatory agencies, including FDA, CBP, the CPSC and the departments of the Treasury and Commerce. He is an active litigator before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Charles Woodhouse is Of Counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Mr. Woodhouse’s practice covers U.S., Canadian and European Union food industry regulatory compliance and he specializes in regulatory matters affecting the seafood and produce industries. He currently serves as co-editor of the Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals News publication of the American Bar Association’s Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals Committee, Science and Technology Law Section. His article, “Preparing for the Food Safety Modernization Act,” appeared in the summer 2014 issue of SciTech Lawyer. He has served as adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law teaching course on food law and regulation and food safety.

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