FDA Updates The U.S. FDA releases guidance to make the importation of certain live animals less burdensome. The guidance explains that the agency intends to exercise enforcement discretion regarding the application of the FSVP rule to importers of live animals that must be slaughtered and processed at establishments regulated by USDA and subject to HACCP requirements (or at state-inspected establishments subject to requirements equivalent to the federal standards). This means the agency doesn’t intend to enforce the FSVP requirements that these importers would otherwise have to meet. This intent to exercise enforcement discretion accounts for the role of another federal agency with regards to these animals. This is also consistent with the exemption in the FSVP rule for certain USDA-regulated products.
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