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  DATE OF ISSUANCE: July 1, 2010   PAGE  1  FORM FDA 2438 (7/92)   FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION COMPLIANCE PROGRAM GUIDANCE MANUAL PROGRAM 7303.844 CHAPTER 03 - FOODBORNE BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS SUBJECT: IMPORT SEAFOOD PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION DATE  July 1, 2010 COMPLETION DATE Continuing DATA REPORTING PRODUCT CODES INDUSTRY CODE 16, USE APPROPRIATE PRODUCT CODES PRODUCT/ASSIGNMENT CODES 1. REPORT INSPECTIONS UNDER THE FOLLOWING PACS: 03844H HACCP Inspection of Importers 2. REPORT SAMPLE COLLECTIONS, AUDIT CHECKS, RECALLS, FIELD EXAMS (formerly Wharf Exams), AND INVESTIGATIONS UNDER THE FOLLOWING PACs: 03844 Foodborne Biological Hazards 07844 Natural Toxins 09844E Color Additives 09844F Food Additives 3. REPORT SAMPLE ANALYSIS AND LABEL REVIEWUNDER THE FOLLOWING PACs: 03844 Foodborne Biological Hazards 03844B Filth 03844C Decomposition 03844D Microbiological (includes %water phase salt and nitrites) 04004A Pesticides 04004D Industrial chemicals 07844 Natural Toxins 09844E Color Additives 09844F Food Additives 21844 4. THE FOLLOWING ARE ADDITIONAL PAC CODES FOR REPORTING PURPOSES: 03R833 Entry Review 99R833 F03R824 F04R824 07R824 09R824 iler Evaluation OP95 ollow-up to Refusals    PROGRAM 7303.844 A. REPORTING TO CFSAN TRANSMITTAL NO PAGE   2  FORM FDA 2438g (10/91) 1. Inspections For importer inspections  that were classified   as OAI and for which the district is recommending action, submit via MARCS-CMS the scanned hard copy or electronic versions: ã   EIR and FDA Form483 ã   EIR endorsement - ensure that the computer generated cover sheet is included 2. Samples supporting detention or Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) request When making a submission in support of a detention or for a request for DWPE submit the following as scanned hardcopy or electronic documents via MARCS-CMS ã   Memorandumfromthe Compliance Officer ã   Product labels must be submitted – if product is in bulk, then photographs or tracings of container labeling must be submitted Memorandumfromthe Compliance Officer ã   Entry documents (CBP Form3461 or 7501, Invoice, Packing slip, Bill of Lading) ã   Laboratory analytical worksheets (if analytical results are used to support the DWPE recommendation) ã   Product labeling (if product is in bulk, then photographs or tracings of container labeling must be submitted) ã   E-mail communications ã   Other data that is pertinent for the review of the case (if available) 3. Special HACCP Reporting  This Compliance Programutilizes a special reporting form, the FDA Import Seafood HACCP Report (FDA 3502) for all importer HACCP inspections. FDA investigators are now to use the electronic version. To access the form, go to  This will bring you to the logon page. Below the logon, there is a button: “User’s Guide”. Click on that button and go to page 2 and follow instructions to request User Account. And to login. If there are problems using the electronic system, please contact Roshelle King at (240) 402-1416 or at Food and Drug Administration CFSAN/Office of Food Safety, Division of Seafood Safety, HFS-325 Attn: Roshelle King 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740    PROGRAM 7303.844 TRANSMITTAL NO PAGE   3  FORM FDA 2438g (10/91) 4. When during an importer inspection, the investigator reviews a foreign producer’s HACCP plan that is, in the inspector’s opinion, inadequate, the inspector should obtain a copy of that HACCP Plan. If the district concurs that the HACCP plan is inadequate, then the plan should be sent to CFSAN via MARCS-CMS. If there are any questions, contact Mildred P Benjamin at (240) 402-1424 or at  B . LABORATORY REPORTING Report the following analytical results into the FACTS Data System: 1. Biotoxins (Natural Toxins) Use PAF: BIO 2. Color Additives Use PAF: COL 3. Decomposition Use PAF: DEC 4. Filth Use PAF: FIL 5. Food Additives Use PAF: FAD 6. Microbiology Use PAF: MIC Salmonella Speciation SAL Percent (%) Water Phase Salt NAR pH NAR 7. Parasites Use PAF: PAR 8. Pesticides Use PAF PES 9.  Note : No resources have been allocated for Food Economics in the Field Workplan. While some activities in food economics may be necessary, districts should first obtain CFSAN concurrence and hold resource expenditures to a minimum. If economic work is conducted under this Program, use the appropriate PAF: FDL- labeling FDE- economic deception FDQ- standard of quality FDI- standard of identity 10. GENERAL FOOD LABELING and NLEA coverage for imported seafood will be conducted under the Domestic and Import NLEA, Nutrient Sample Analysis and General Food Labeling Requirements Compliance Program– CP 7321.005    PROGRAM 7303.844 TRANSMITTAL NO   PART  I PAGE  1  FORM FDA 2438 g (10/91)   PART I - BACKGROUND  This compliance programprovides regulatory coverage of imported fish and fishery products to ensure that a safe and wholesome supply of seafood enters the U.S. Historically, FDA has controlled imports by reviewing customs entries, conducting field exams, collecting samples for laboratory analysis, placing products with a history of problems on detention without physical examination, and conducting a limited number of foreign establishment inspections. This programaddresses the control of the various safety hazards identified in the seafood HACCP regulation as well as the occurrence of filth, decomposition, and the illegal use of food or color additives in imported seafood. These efforts continue under the present programand are important components of the import control strategy.  The Import Seafood Products Compliance Programprovides coverage of shellfish processors and products that are not covered under the Molluscan Shellfish Evaluation Program(CP 7318.004) and additional coverage of processors and products covered under the Import Acidified and Low Acid Canned Food Compliance ProgramCP 7303.003(i.e., hermetically sealed low-acid seafood) for hazards and processes that are not addressed in those programs. Under FDA’s HACCP systemof controls, the importer and the foreign processor share the responsibility for safety. Foreign processors that ship fish or fishery products to the U.S. must operate in conformance with 21CFR Part 123,  The Seafood HACCP Regulation. In addition, The HACCP Regulation requires importers to take positive steps to verify that their shipments are obtained fromforeign processors that comply with FDA’s requirements. Data gathered during domestic investigations of importers provide a valuable tool to help CFSAN allocate foreign inspection resources. The names and locations of foreign processors of high risk products can be obtained during surveillance investigations of domestic importers. If HACCP plans are available as part of the importer’s affirmative step or are required as part of a follow-up investigation, foreign processors that do not appear to have adequate controls can be scheduled for upcoming foreign inspections. Conversely, data gathered during foreign investigations of processors can help FDA identify importers that are accepting product fromforeign processors that are not in compliance with the seafood HACCP regulation, identify specific industries and regions that require additional oversight, and also provide insight into the reliability of third party inspections and foreign certification programs.
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