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Posted on: Wed, 12/10/2003 - 6:09am
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CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY
9 December 2003
Food & Feed Shipments to the United Sates
New U.S. Bioterrorism Act Food Regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising industry and the public involved in food and feed shipments to and via the United States that new regulations come into
effect December 12, 2003 subsequent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (USFDA) Bioterrorism Act.
The new regulations are for Registration of Food Facilities and Prior Notice of Imported Food into the U.S. These regulations do not apply to products or facilities which at
the time of import are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Facilities that manufacture, process, pack, distribute, receive or hold food and animal feed for consumption in the U.S. must register with the USFDA. There is no fee for the registration.
The USFDA must also receive an advanced or prior notice for all food and feed shipped to and via the U.S. Prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by the USFDA no more than five days before arrival and, as specified by the mode of transportation,
no fewer than: two hours by road;
four hours by air or rail;
eight hours by water.
In addition, for international mail shipments, prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by USFDA before
the shipment is mailed, including personal gifts of manufactured food products.
Information and appropriate links on the new USFDA requirements can be found on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Web site at
[url="http://ats.agr.ca/access/bioterrorism_e.htm."]http://ats.agr.ca/access/bioterrorism_e.htm.[/url]
This article is available on the CFIA web site, at:
[url="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2003/20031208e.shtml"]http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2003/20031208e.shtml[/url]
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Posted on: Wed, 12/10/2003 - 6:09am
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CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY
9 December 2003
Food & Feed Shipments to the United Sates
New U.S. Bioterrorism Act Food Regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising industry and the public involved in food and feed shipments to and via the United States that new regulations come into
effect December 12, 2003 subsequent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (USFDA) Bioterrorism Act.
The new regulations are for Registration of Food Facilities and Prior Notice of Imported Food into the U.S. These regulations do not apply to products or facilities which at
the time of import are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Facilities that manufacture, process, pack, distribute, receive or hold food and animal feed for consumption in the U.S. must register with the USFDA. There is no fee for the registration.
The USFDA must also receive an advanced or prior notice for all food and feed shipped to and via the U.S. Prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by the USFDA no more than five days before arrival and, as specified by the mode of transportation,
no fewer than: two hours by road;
four hours by air or rail;
eight hours by water.
In addition, for international mail shipments, prior notice must be received and confirmed electronically by USFDA before
the shipment is mailed, including personal gifts of manufactured food products.
Information and appropriate links on the new USFDA requirements can be found on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Web site at
[url="http://ats.agr.ca/access/bioterrorism_e.htm."]http://ats.agr.ca/access/bioterrorism_e.htm.[/url]
This article is available on the CFIA web site, at:
[url="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2003/20031208e.shtml"]http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2003/20031208e.shtml[/url]
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Are you using the CSCB Reference System? You can find information on matters of interest to the international trade
community through the Reference System -- there are more details in the "What's New" section of our web site.
Please visit [url="http://www.cscb.ca"]http://www.cscb.ca[/url] to view a searchable reference area of CSCB information for all categories.

Posted on: Wed, 12/10/2003 - 7:36am
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While I have never used the Smarties thread - I love the idea and know that Cindy and her many volunteers have worked very hard to get safe CA candy to US folks. I think it is unfortunate and silly that this US rule will interfer with that.
However, I have ordered CA candy from Panhandle Premium ([url]http://www.panhandlepremuim.com[/url]). They are a US company (from WA state). They don't stock all varities of everything (like no orange Coffee Crisps - sob, sob)but have the basic Smarties etc...
I hope that Panhandle still has a way of providing these candies, probably by having things shipped to them directly from the factory? There website says nothing about a change in service due to this new reg...
And again, hope that mentioning Panhandle does not offend any of the CA indivduals that have really put a lot of effort into this thread. I know that some US people are not comfortable giving cc#s out over the internet etc..., but Panhandle can still help others out.

Posted on: Wed, 12/10/2003 - 8:12am
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Thanks Eric and Redtruck! Kelly

Posted on: Wed, 12/10/2003 - 9:00am
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Chicago, I'm fairly sure that you'll still be able to buy Smarties (and whatever other "safe" Nestle products are available) through Panhandle Premium.
I know I used to joke with erik, when he would re-raise his Panhandle thread, that he was trying to kill the Smarties thread and I do believe the Smarties thread has offered some virtues that Panhandle can't - personal contact between PA parents/children, Americans and Canadians doing a barter thing whereby a Canadian would send Smarties and receive something that they couldn't buy here from an American, and just a really personal touch, with also the hope that some families actually became friends.
KayMarks, no, I'm sure, as erik posted, that you'll definitely be fine driving across the border with a CAR LOADED TO THE BRIM with "safe" Nestle products.
erik, I do agree with you that American Homeland Security *should* be worrying about things other than pre-packaged foods going into America.
You know, even if there had been a crack-down on Canadians sending medications into America (i.e., the Tylenol #1), I could understand that. And what I'm not clear about that because I didn't watch the special news show about how Americans are ordering up all of our PRESCRIPTION meds here in Canada is whether or not they'll still be able to do that because it will be a company such as Shoppers' Drug Mart that is sending the medication to the individual in America.
But, as I say, had it been a crack-down on medications (yes, teacher, even that Allegra), I would understand if I stretch my imagination that far. But I can't understand the "safe" line of Nestle products and how they are more of a threat to the American populace than a home-made good coming from Canada.
Anyway, if any Canadian can get anything out of here tomorrow, December 11th, I know I can't, there are probably a few Americans on the board who would like a taste of a Coffee Crisp or a White Chocolate Chunky KitKat, please please get them out.
Otherwise, as Chicago posted, and I guess erik will re-raise the thread more periodically now without my whining [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] , the Panhandle Premium website should still be okay.
Just sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 1:40am
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I would LOVE if someone could send one last shipment to me!!! My son would love it and I will cover the payment (price and shipping). I would really like some Smarties, Coffee Crisp, the new Aero Caramel (I can't resist Erik's description), and the White Choc. Chunky Kit Kat.
Let me know if anyone could possibly do that for me. My e-mail is [email]Naer74@aol.com[/email]. Write me and I will send you my address.

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 5:22pm
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Is there anyone in the US who crosses the border and buys the safe Nestle products? Can those individuals bring products back and distribute to us in the US who are not near the border and cannot get safe Nestle products? Also, I saw a post on Thursday about a website that could send the Nestle Products but now I can't find it? Anyone know where it was or who posted it? I am not desperate but my DD who is 3 loves the Smarties - shared the case with PA friends and it is running low. My DD will not understand when she can't have anymore Smarties. My DD still talks about the safe chocolate from her Canadian Friends.(Teacher) Thank You!

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 10:47pm
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The website is [url="http://www.panhandlepremium.com"]http://www.panhandlepremium.com[/url]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 6:18am
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Naer74, I'm sorry, I didn't see your post before to-day and to-day's too late and I couldn't have done anything anyway because Jesse had surgery but if I had seen your post I could have tried to contact someone.
Also, toomanynuts (short term memory just blipped out), I think that certainly any American could come across the border and buy out the whole store of "safe" products and take it back across the border claiming it for personal use (remembering that Nestle Smarties have a shelf life of one year) and then distribute from the U.S.
It's a sad thing. I also wonder why it didn't get placed in the TAKE ACTION part of the board by an American. Although how can we possibly negotiate with Homeland Security about Smarties?
Total aside, nothing to do with chocolate, so some can stop reading. I received a mail-in postcard to-day about how my local M.P.P. lied to me four years ago about traditional marriages and how the Alliance Party still believes in traditional marriages whereas my local M.P.P. doesn't (he supports gay marriages) and how do I feel about that. I have listened to much talk in the walk-in clinic (people can be pretty vocal in such an enclosed space) and it would be my general feeling that *most* people in this town are not *for* gay marriages. However, we also have a large gay community. Go figure. Anyway, do they really want my opinion on the postcard? Because I'd be saying that I think gay marriages are okay and I think it's okay that my M.P.P. lied to me.
But see, we're all wacky Canadians and perhaps that's why we can't ship Smarties into America anymore (although we were always told that the spacey people lived in California [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ).
Naer74, again, I'm sorry I didn't see your post in time. I even tried to get some KitKat down to California Mom before it closed to-day.
I'll see if I'm in the post office next week if they have new literature out re this, but as far as they were concerned when I went this week, it fell under the "dangerous goods" literature if I wanted to read up on it.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
The day the music died. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 8:57am
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testing..

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