Regulations and Claims: United States

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Rules and regulations | Marketing claims

Rules and Regulations
U.S. customs regulations and rules are not the same as in Canada. You will have to make sure you obey the U.S. regulations and requirements for your exports.

FDA Takes Step to Remove Artificial Trans Fats from Processed Foods (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) - Jun-2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks each year.

Key Facts on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) link verified Jun-2015
See the section on Imported Food Safety.

Small Entity Compliance Guides Related to FDA Actions on Bioterrorism Act of 2002 Legislation and the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
link verified Jun-2015
Compliance booklets are available on:
  • Registration and Prior Notice
  • Administrative Detention
  • Establishment and Maintenance of Records
Exporting Animal/Animal Products and Plants (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) links verified Jun-2015
Prior to exporting agri-food products to the United States it is necessary to consult export regulations, standards and guidelines at the international, country and state level. Imports of agricultural products by the United States are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS).

Labeling and Marketing Claims

Food Labeling Guide (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) link verified Jun-2015
Excerpt from the Background section:
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This applies to foods produced domestically, as well as foods from foreign countries. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act are the Federal laws governing food products under FDA's jurisdiction".

"The FDA receives many questions from manufacturers, distributors, and importers about the proper labeling of their food products. This guidance is a summary of the required statements that must appear on food labels under these laws and their regulations. To help minimize legal action and delays, it is recommended that manufacturers and importers become fully informed about the applicable laws and regulations before offering foods for distribution in the United States".
Food Labeling Guide - Chapter 8 - Claims (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) links verified Jun-2015
For more information about the content of this document, contact Marcy OConnor.
This information published to the web on May 28, 2008.
Last Reviewed/Revised on September 21, 2015.