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Posted 25 July 2018 - 05:42 PM


We have a customer who has been purchasing Potato Starch (Product of Denmark) from us, and they repack it into small retail packages.

Once in a while, when we don't have Denmark potato starch stock we sell Potato Starch (Product of Holland) to this customer instead.

Now, this customer likes to include Country of Origin of raw material statement of Potato Starch on the package. Should it be like Country of Origin: Denmark, Holland?

Can this package be used for Denmark potato starch only?


Please advise me. 

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 11:58 PM

Rules are different if you are in or out of USA.


Outside the US and shipping into the country....you can not have 2 countries of origin (by law [border services])... Especially on a single component item unless you blend the item?.but then sometimes it depends on who is on duty or the politics of the times


Inside the US.. It seems lax a bit.. FDA just needs it to be factual

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 04:35 PM

Thank you Dr. Vu for the information.


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Posted 01 August 2018 - 12:01 PM

If I was in this situation, I would let the customer decide.  It is usually best to not offer labelling advice to customers.

I would provide them with a country of origin (COO) document stating what countries the starch comes from, and let them decide:

   1.  If they are OK with listing two countries (if not, then they will need to find an additional source from that COO for the times you are not able to provide it from the country they want)

   2.  How they want to label the country/countries

Leave all of the decisions to them.  

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