Do FDA rules discriminate against imports? - The Packer

Do FDA rules discriminate against imports?

12/21/2011 07:04:00 AM
Tom Karst

An additional factor is that for the “domestic and foreign facility re-inspection fees,” the differential between the domestic rate of $224/hour and the foreign rate of $325 / hour does not reflect the actual scope of costs incurred. To the extent that this differential is justified by the difference in travel time, the rate needs to be a sliding scale or country by country based on distance/time. Mexico and Canada, our largest food trading partners, are within a reasonable distance and should have a rate closer to that of the domestic rate than to that of faraway countries such as those in Asia.

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