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John Baker

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How to Test for Heavy Metals in Food & Other Products

Heavy metals in food always seems to be a hot topic. First it was concern over heavy metals in baby food. Recently,...

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Your Complete Guide to Process Validation for Almonds

Every food manufacturer wants to make a safe product. Scan the website of nearly any grower, processor, or...

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How to Read an HTS Code (& Estimate Customs Duties)

Members of the World Customs Organization (WCO), which includes US customs, use the Harmonized System (HS) to classify...

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Fast, Accurate Microbiological Testing for Tree Nuts

Food safety failures in the almond industry can be catastrophic, so chemistry and microbiological testing for nuts is...

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FDA ITACS: A Tool to Speed Your Next Import

Everyone wants to cut in front of the line, especially when your company's time and money depend on importing shipments...

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Detained Shipment? Following FDA Sampling Guidelines is Key

FDA can detain your imported products at any time for any reason. Whether for sampling, testing, or detention without...

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Aflatoxin Testing: A Guide for Every Almond Producer

Aflatoxins are one of the biggest threats to producing safe, high-quality almonds that growers and processors face....

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How to Choose an FDA US Agent

Enlisting an FDA US agent is a basic requirement for importers of FDA-regulated products. US agents are the frontlines...

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Importing Food Products into the US (All You Need to Know)

In this post, we will cover a few important points about U.S. customs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ...

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Top 5 FDA Entry Submission Errors & How to Avoid Them

Expediting imports of your FDA-regulated products keeps you a step ahead of the competition, with accurate and complete...

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3 Tips For 503B Sterile Compounding Facilities When Choosing a Lab Partner

503B sterile compounding pharmacies are ultimately responsible for their products, even when they outsource quality and...

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FDA Import Alerts: How to Get Off a Red List

Import alerts notify U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) personnel that the agency has sufficient evidence that a...

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The Top Challenges for U.S.-Bound Food Imports

Without question, one of the most challenging aspects of doing business in the U.S. is navigating the many and varied...

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