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FAS works with foreign governments, international organizations, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to establish international standards for safeness, and to develop rules to improve accountability and predictability for agricultural trade.

U.S. exporters can find further information on the U.S. process and some pertinent international measures that facilitate global trade of agricultural products at:   

 - Trade Policy – provides the framework for pursuit of U.S. agricultural policy efforts.

- General U.S. Export Requirements and Documentation – provides information on U.S. export requirements by U.S. regulatory agency with links to:

         -   Regulatory Changes by WTO Members – provides transparency with country reporting new requirements for food and agricultural products

        -   Country Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) – provides transparency with country listing acceptable residue levels in food and agricultural products determined by scientific study.

U.S. Sanctions Policy is applied to a few countries.  U.S. exporters can access information from the primary implementing agencies at:

-    The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Country Guidance website – to obtain information on export regulations and controls to the few affected countries

-    The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers provisions of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA) Program.  OFAC oversees asset control regulations and guidelines and information on the sanctions program, including information on rules related to use of dollars by travelers and permitted travel. 


U.S. food policy underwent a major update in 2011 with passage of the landmark

2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the law aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.  In essence this law applies to all products marketed in the U.S. in order to comply with the U.S. Food Code published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).




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