Our food supply has always come from a number of sources, both domestic and international. However, now that the FDA has instituted strict new regulations for the safety and handling of imported food, companies in the United States need to readjust their expectations and processes to adhere to these standards.
The United States imports more than $9.5 billion in food products on an annual basis, and though both foreign and domestic food manufacturers are required to register with the FDA to do business in the United States, regulations have been relatively reactive until recently. Now, the FDA is conducting 9,600 international inspections every year, and domestic businesses are required to follow stricter standards with food production, importing and distribution.
So how exactly are these standards going to affect U.S. businesses?