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#1 karina.j

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:41 AM

hi

my company makes gluten and milk free cookies/biscuits/cakes/muffins/tarts etc. 

our main market is UK and Europe

 

We have been offered an opportunity to export to US and Canada

 

Can someone point me in direction, or maybe there is a guideline somewhere for companies like ours, to say what we have to do to comply with proper legislation regarding packaging and information for consumers?

 

I know there is a difference when its one time off sale or number of units or turnover is below some amounts.

 

we have previously send some products and what we did to comply was only application on the front of the pack proper label with format of the weight and we covered nutrition table as it is different than in US.

 

thank you in advance

 

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 12:34 PM

Here is the information to get you started on Canadian Regulations

http://www.inspectio...0/1323715949260

 

NOTE: there are huge changes happening effective January 15 2019

 

 

http://www.inspectio...6/1526656151476

 

http://www.inspectio...9/1383607344939



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#3 karina.j

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 12:46 PM

thank you

have been reading this website and legislation all day and only found info regarding weights and name haha

started to appreciate EU legislation after a glance on US one 

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 01:33 PM

LOL, the FDA website is a very confusing jumble of information!

 

www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/importsexports/importing/   For general import information on importing to US

 

ww.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm   Labeling information



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Posted 07 September 2018 - 09:28 AM

Hi Karina

We have a client who exports gluten free items to the USA.

 

We have not had any serious problem with meeting the FDA requirements on pack copy.

 

The issues we have had to deal with are:

1. Gluten Free Certification

2. Meeting FSMA

 

A decision was made to go for the GFCO gluten free certification which is widely accepted in the USA

It is a more stringent standard that the EU requirements and operates at a max 10ppm of gluten in the product and all ingredients

There is annual audit arranged through GFCO in the USA, our auditor came from Israel as the nearest

 

To meet FSMA we added the FSMA voluntary module to the BRC standard

Part of this was ensuring the Technical Manager was sufficiently trained to be qualified as the PCQI

We didn't go down the specific PCQI training course but went to L3 HACCP and L3 Food safety as more than equivalent

 

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 10:56 AM

Dear Ian

thank you for the information

we have been approached by US retailer interested in our products

dont think there will be much help from them and we have to be proactive to get customer ourselves

 

My main issue at the moment is the packaging

do we have to create separate one for US market or EU compliant will be accepted?

keeping in mind differences in nutrition information mainly and French translation for Canadian market

 

In regards to gluten free certification, we have voluntary AOECS module added to BRC audit and we are dedicated site.

Technical Manager and I (technical assistant) - we both have level 3 HACCP and I cant see a problem with doing another training :)

 

trying to solve one problem at a time ...



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Posted 07 September 2018 - 02:22 PM

For labeling in the US. I would convert to the new nutrition facts label now. You would have until 2020 or 2021 depending on your size.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...n/ucm385663.htm



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#8 karina.j

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:07 AM

For labeling in the US. I would convert to the new nutrition facts label now. You would have until 2020 or 2021 depending on your size.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...n/ucm385663.htm

 

thank you for this

if we are entering the market we can as well create the label that complies with new legislation 

all the best

 

karina 






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