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PHILIPPINE CONSUL GENERAL URGES FILIPINO CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, PHILIPPINE FOOD IMPORTERS, CUSTOMS BROKERS AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO ATTEND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON FOOD SAFETY ACT

Posted On 2013 Aug 29
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CONSUL GENERAL MARIA HELLEN  M. BARBER-DE LA VEGA

CONSUL GENERAL MARIA HELLEN
M. BARBER-DE LA VEGA

Los Angeles, 28 August 2013 – Philippine Consul General Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega welcomes the invitation extended by the Port of Los Angeles to hold a roundtable discussion on the proposed rules by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) of the Food Safety Act, which should be of interest to Philippine food importers.

The event will be held on 24 September 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 601 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 from 9.30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At this forum, the roundtable will discuss and will be open to suggestions governing:

 Concerns with the reliability of FDA inspections of foreign facilities and consistency by third-party auditors/inspectors.

 Thoughts on FDA’s definition of very small importer and supplier and its assumptions on costs related to compliance and record-keeping.

 How to achieve consistency in the product clearance process and US Ports and border concerns in general.

 How to achieve in the review of private laboratory packages and requirements of different FDA districts.

 Who is ultimately responsible for compliance in state or municipality owned terminal markets, the state or municipality or the individual wholesaler.

 Concerns about the relationship between foreign facilities and US agents/brokers raising questions about responsibilities and liabilities under the proposed rule.

Our Philippine Trade Representative, Mr. Jose S. Dinsay, will be present at said event. The Consulate encourages the various Filipino American Chambers of Commerce in Southern California, Filipino business owners, customs brokers and freight forwarders, to attend this roundtable discussion forum, to help shape suggestions beneficial for the Filipino Community. The Consulate is equally delighted to inform the Filipino Community, that a Filipino American from the Port of Los Angeles is assisting us in this endeavor, in the person of Ms. Jean Coronel atjcoronel@portla.org. You may also register at http://tinyuri.com/TCFDA
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