FDA has just released the 2013 Annual Report on Food Facilities, Food Imports, and FDA Foreign Offices.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 1003(h)(2)(A) – Number of import lines examined/sampled 

  • FDA physically examined (conducted field exams or analyzed samples) 207,839 food and feed import lines in FY 2012. 

Section 1003(h)(2)(B) – Number of import lines not examined/sampled 

  • The total number of food import lines for FY 2012 was 11,136,599. FDA physically examined 1.9 percent, or 207,839, of the food import lines. It is important to note that while FDA is not able to physically inspect a large percentage of food entries, all import entries are electronically screened using an automated system, which helps field inspectors determine which products pose the greatest risk and, therefore, should be physically examined.  FDA recently enhanced screening capability by implementing the Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting (PREDICT) information technology system. PREDICT uses data analytics from the entire life cycle of a product to better identify and target high-risk products before they enter the country. In addition, when necessary, FDA can issue import bulletins which signal FDA inspectors to pay special attention to a particular product, or a range of products from a particular producer, shipper, or importer. Under import alerts, products that appear to be subject to refusal based on existing evidence (such as a history of violations) can be detained at the border and refused admission into U.S. commerce unless the importer is able to demonstrate that the products are in compliance.      

Section 1003(h)(2)(C) – Average cost of import examination/sampling 

  • The average cost of physically inspecting or sampling a line of food subject to the FD&C Act that is imported or offered for import into the United States is approximately $160 per field exam and approximately $3,100 per sample analyzed. 

Section 1003(h)(3) – Number of foreign offices and personnel 

As of May 2013, FDA has established a total of 12 foreign posts. The posts have 30 U.S. direct hires (USDH) and 16 locally employed staff (LES) and are fully operational. 

Foreign Post Established

    USDH               

     LES             

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Beijing, China

4

2

Shanghai, China

2

2

Guangzhou, China

2

1

New Delhi, India

7

2

Mumbai, India

4

1

San Jose, Costa Rica

3

2

Santiago, Chile

1

2

Mexico City, Mexico

2

2

Brussels, Belgium

2

0

Staff re-deployed to post in 2012

London, England, UK

1

0

Parma, Italy

0

0

 Staff moved to Brussels in 2012

Pretoria, South Africa

1

1

Amman, Jordan

1

1

Totals

30

16