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Non-Compliant Logos on Imports from Mexico Won’t Prevent Entry, USDA Says

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service states that it has recently become aware that the words “Food & Safety” and “Certified” are being used in logos appearing on shipping containers of product exported from Mexico. FSIS states that products entering the U.S. are required to be safe and wholesome and meet FSIS domestic labeling requirements and that the use of these words could imply that products without the logo are not safe and wholesome.

However, FSIS will not refuse entry of product from Mexico in shipping containers bearing this logo at this time to avoid having to issue temporary label approvals to a large number of importers or tying up product at official import inspection establishments. Instead, FSIS will allow the use of these containers until existing labeling stocks are exhausted or until May 8, 2020, whichever happens first. Within one year logos should be brought into compliance by removing the words at issue.

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