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FDA Import Detention


When products are imported into the United States they are required to meet the same standards as goods produced domestically.



Imported foods must be safe to consume, having been produced under sanitary conditions and properly stored and shipped. Medications must be safe and effective for their intended purposes and cosmetics need to comply with all existing regulations.  In addition, imported products are required to be properly labeling and contain accurate information in English.



For the safety of consumers, this import task is handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA enforces the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) and other applicable laws dealing with the importation of many products.


“With the exception of most meat and poultry, all food, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, medical devices, and electronic products that emit radiation, as defined in the FD&C and related Acts, are subject to examination by FDA when they are being imported or offered for import into the United States.” - FDA


The FDA, in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, enforces these regulations pertaining to imported goods.  When situations arise, the import testing specialists at EMSL Analytical provides independent laboratory analyses for customers involved with an import detention event.  EMSL offers rapid results and provides dedicated experts to quickly and efficiently resolve these types of cases.


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