On this page we curated and summarized the most important regulatory initiatives, guidance and final rules, published over the past 3 years by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration), USDA (US Department of Agriculture), TTB (Tobacco and Alcohol Tax and Tariff Bureau), United States Trade Representative (USTR) and others, that may have a major impact on exporters, importers and industry professionals.
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Listeria Control. The FDA published a guidance to industry on how to prevent contamination by one of the most pernicious bacteria: Listeria monocytogenes. This bug are found primarily in ready-to-eat foods made at home or prepared in factories, restaurants and supermarkets, such as cheese, salads, sandwiches, prepared seafood, or freshly-cut vegetables. At best, L. monocytogenes causes mild stomach upsets, but increasingly it also kills people, especially those with weak immune system, pregnant women and their fetuses, or elderly people. This bug can occasionally survive freezing temperatures, grow slowly in the refrigerator and blossom at room temperature.