FDA launches new export certification to ease trade


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new export certification programme to assist US food exporters in fulfilling importing country requirements.


Export certification under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act aims to provide US exporters another tool to facilitate exports to countries that import food products from the US.


According to FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “The new export certification programme will continue FDA’s efforts to help facilitate American global exports and boost our nation’s economy.”


The FDA’s export certification programme for foods is intended to be complementary to export certification for foods currently issued by other US government agencies.


The agency said that it will continue to coordinate and work with other government agencies on export certification and will partner in interagency consultations for any new requests from foreign governments to ensure the needs of US exporters are met.


The FDA added that it will continue to issue the current “Certificate of Free Sale” for dietary supplements, medical foods and foods for special dietary uses.

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