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Seafood Exporters Asked to Renew FDA Registrations

VIET NAM - Vietnamese seafood exporters to the US must renew their registrations with the Food and Drug Administration every two years, the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers has announced.

Enterprises are required to visit the US every two years to register as an exporter, reports VNS.

This year the registration period runs from October 1 to December 31.

The renewal rules, which have been updated according to Section 102 of the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA), apply to seafood enterprises worldwide.

The FSMA, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011, aims to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Section 102 has added more seafood types to its catalogue of fishery and seafood products and now includes various kinds of fish as a unit or fillet, products with shell, instant seafood, processed seafood and others. Enterprises will receive free registration this year.

Lucy Towers

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