FDA Assembling List of U.S. Milk Product Companies Interested in Exporting to China
The Food and Drug Administration is establishing a list of U.S. milk product manufacturers and processors interested in exporting milk products to China. FDA is taking this step to help U.S. manufacturers comply with new Chinese government requirements for the importation of milk products into China, which has advised that milk products from firms not on the list could be prevented from entering commerce in China.
Firms may apply to be on this voluntary list beginning Jan. 7. To be considered for inclusion, firms cannot be subject to any pending judicial enforcement action or a pending FDA warning letter. In addition, they need to either (a) have had an FDA inspection within three years or (b) be on the Interstate Milk Shippers List or the U.S. Department of Agriculture list, Dairy Plants Surveyed and Approved for USDA Grading Service, for the products intended to ship.
FDA will post the list to its Web site and provide it directly to the Chinese government, which may post some or all of the information contained in the list on its own Web site. The first such posting and notification to China will occur on or about April 30.
In addition, FDA will update the list quarterly and whenever a firm is removed from the list due to a pending judicial enforcement action or warning letter. To the extent it determines a firm is no longer on the IMS or USDA list, and there is no pending judicial enforcement action or warning letter, FDA intends to further investigate to determine whether there are any safety concerns related to the change in the IMS or USDA listing that would necessitate it considering removal of the firm from the FDA list.