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Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 11:16am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Now I have this vision of Constable Fraser from the defunct tv show Due South being assigned border duty, and his dog-wolf Dief having to sniff out all the Smarties boxes!!
Anyone remember that show?

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 11:22am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Perhaps we could use this information to finally get Nestle Canada to wake up and smell the coffee and see what a market they have in America (teacher can certainly attest to that, among others).
Hi Cindy,
Nestle Canada has tried to have Nestle USA to sell their chocolate bars in the USA.... but Nestle USA says they are not interested. So we need Nestle USA to wake up.
Yes.. I'd be tempted to mail the Smarties in and mark "a gift". What if u take a vacation to the USA? Are they going to stop cars at the border and ask people to declare their boxes of Smarties?

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 3:16pm
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

I'll should get more info for you tomorrow. Erik, i'm sure you can bring in the food if youre crossing the border, and this has only to do with shipping to the US of prepackaged food, vitamins, etc. And i dont think marking gift is going to cut it. but let me get more info for you first. And yes, it can still be shipped with the proper procedures. more info to follow.

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2003 - 3:19pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

thanks redtruck [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 4:28am
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Well, if it can still be shipped, maybe the thread is still safe, depending on the details. Thank-you, redtruck. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Isn't there some big issue right now about Americans ordering prescription drugs on-line from Canadian pharmacies to the point where we don't have enough pharmaceuticals ourselves? I wonder if it has something to do with that (not that we're getting low on the Smarties supply, but just to make a point).
I'm trying to remember when rilira sent me the Tylenol PM from the U.S. years ago what she marked on the package (of course I'll never remember [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) but I certainly don't think she put medication on the package but a gift.
Thank-you, erik, for the correction re Nestle USA. Perhaps it's time for Americans to rally and TAKE ACTION with Nestle USA and say, hey, we want the "safe" products that our friends, the Canadians have. I'd be willing to write to them. Do we have Americans willing to write to them?
Speaking of Nestle, reminded of mouldly dog food, have to call Purina Canada, which is owned, curiously enough, by Nestle.
redtruck, please keep us posted. If it simply means more forms to fill out and no additional charge, the thread may be saved.
Also, it is good to see you posting (even if it is crappy news). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 3:16am
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

Ok, finally got the info. Below are two links that explains the info...
I also heard the same info on the radio today.
Partial info from first link:
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) requires that FDA receive prior notice of food imported into the United States, beginning on December 12, 2003. Most of the prior notice information required by the interim final rule is data usually provided by importers or brokers to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when foods arrive in the United States. Now, the Bioterrorism Act requires that this information also be provided to FDA in advance of an imported food's arrival to the United States. FDA will use this information in advance of the arrival to review, evaluate, and assess the information, and determine whether to inspect the imported food. FDA and CBP have collaborated on the implementation of the prior notice interim final rule. Nearly all of the current imported food shipments can comply by using CBP's Automated Broker Interface of the Automated Commercial System (ABI/ACS). Prior notice can be submitted either through ABI/ACS or FDA's Prior Notice (PN) System Interface beginning December 12, 2003.
When must prior notice be submitted? Prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by FDA no more than 5 days before arrival and, as specified by the mode of transportation below, no fewer than:
2 hours before arrival by land by road
4 hours before arrival by air or by land by rail
8 hours before arrival by water
The time consistent with the timeframe established for the mode of transportation for an article of food carried by or otherwise accompanying an individual if it is subject to prior notice (The food must also be accompanied by the FDA confirmation.)
In addition, prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by FDA before food is mailed by international mail. (The parcel must be accompanied by confirmation of FDA receipt of prior notice.)

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 7:04am
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Sounds like a dead thread to me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 7:09am
teacher's picture
Joined: 11/02/2000 - 09:00

Me too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 8:08am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

I think it might be worth contacting the FDA, explaining the situation, and see what they have to say.
It cant hurt.

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 8:22am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Is it possible that with further clarification, the shipping of small quantities of candy for friends for personal use might fall under these exceptions?
"What foods are excluded from the prior notice requirement? Foods that are excluded from the prior notice requirement are: (1) food carried by or otherwise accompanying an individual arriving in the United States for that individual's personal use (i.e., for consumption by themselves, family, or friends, and not for sale or other distribution); (2) food that is exported without leaving the port of arrival until export; (3) meat food products, poultry products and egg products that are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, or the Egg Products Inspection Act; and (4) food that was made by an individual in his/her personal residence and sent by that individual as a personal gift (i.e., for non-business reasons) to an individual in the United States."
I copied it off the website(the first link).


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