Food and Drug Administration
On October 16, 2003, new regulations by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States went into effect. These regulations were in addition to all previous FDA approvals or certifications.
The regulations state that any company that makes, grows, packages, stores or holds-for-transport any food or beverages for export to the United States must register with the FDA and that FDA receive a Prior Notice of food imported into the U.S.
FDA has also mandated that foreign food suppliers appoint U.S. agents as links in the information chain between foreign seller and buyer. The U.S. agent may be any individual having a physical presence in the U.S.
Companies are required to comply with the new regulations and register with the FDA or their products will not be allowed entry into the United States.