The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, or FSMA, has been in the news a lot lately as the food industry awaits the arrival of regulations that will overhaul the system. But it isn’t just companies and agencies in the U.S. that will be affected – the legislation has a massive focus on imports.
Companies who export food products to the U.S. also are readying themselves for the new regulations, including Jamaica, which set up a $100 million loan to help companies meet the new requirements, according to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.
About 90 Jamaican companies will be affected
by the new regulations, which require exporters in other countries to adhere to U.S. regulatory standards if they want to ship products into the U.S.
Jamaica’s main consumable exports include sugar, bananas, citrus fruits, coffee and rum, according to the U.S. Department of State. About 49 percent of their total exports are sent to the U.S.
Check out the full story from the Gleaner here.
For a breakdown of what new regulations mean for imports, check out an earlier Neogen blog post here.