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Two more orgs received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — which means the groups were given authority to conduct food safety audits and issue food and facility certifications within the scopes of their programs.

SGS North America Inc. of Rutherford, N.J., has become a certification body accredited under FDA’s accredited third-party certification program for these programs: Preventive Controls for Human Food, Juice Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Seafood HACCP, according to an FDA news release. Also, the institute has accredited NSF Certification LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., as a certification body under FDA’s accredited third-Party certification program for these programs: Preventive Controls for Human Food, Juice HACCP, Seafood HACCP and Produce Safety.

Importers can use these certifications to establish eligibility in the voluntary qualified importer program, and in certain circumstances the FDA can require that imported products be certified before entering the U.S., according to the release.
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