Upcoming Webinars

Expediting the Process for FDA Imports

December 8 | 10 AM MT

With more than 195 countries managing imports and exports across the global supply chain, introducing food and beverages into the United States comes with its own unique set of FDA regulations. Understanding and adhering to the regulations for each country can trigger knowledge gaps and spawn uncertainty. Do you need to focus on direct U.S. imports? Employing a holistic import strategy can ensure your goods arrive on time.

But questions often linger that can trip up even the most experienced importers:

  • What happens if authorities detain your product?
  • What if there’s a last-minute import alert?
  • What if authorities refuse your product?
  • Are you up to speed on the PREDICT program?

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re bringing goods into the United States, you’ll want to attend this webinar to help shore up your strategy by learning more about the challenges, pitfalls, and detention risks. In addition, leveraging technology to filter alerts specific to your products, your partner’s products, or even specific locations can help you make lightning-fast decisions that can salvage your bottom line.

Dean Leaman and Angel Suarez will lead this discussion. The pair boast combined experience covering international imports and exports, advisory knowledge of FDA Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE), import enforcement in seafood and Low-Acid Canned Food (LACF), and distinguished authorships, including the FDA Certified Better Process Control School, among others. The shared proficiency provides unfettered access to answers to questions you might not have even asked yet about FDA food imports.

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In this webinar, you’ll discover:

  • The layers and processes of import refusal and detention and what to expect at every stage.
  • Overview of foreign and domestic food safety, importing food and understanding the automated customs environment (ACE), and the PREDICT program.
  • Insights into the FDA import trade auxiliary communications system (ITACS).
  • The many moving parts of FDA Alerts that include number, import alert name, the reason for alert, guidance, and more.

Our Speakers

Dean Leaman

Director of Business Development International Import/Export | Certified Laboratories

Certified Laboratories’ Dean Leaman is an expert in International Imports and Exports and advises clients in the event of FDA Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE). He is also a member of National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Technical and Import Committees. Dean is a recognized asset for importers and exporters of FDA regulated merchandise, providing personal service, value and integrity. He has a communications degree from Rutgers University. Prior to working with Certified Laboratories, he was the Director of Business Development, Import/Export, at ABC Technologies.

Angel Suarez

Independent Consultant | EAS Consulting Group

EAS Consulting Group’s Angel Suarez is a former Supervisor Consumer Safety Officer with the Food & Drug Administration. In this role he had responsibility of import enforcement in areas of seafood and Low-Acid Canned Food (LACF) as well as foreign inspections, warning letters, detentions, import alerts, import bulletins, and sample collections. He is the co-author of numerous publications including portions of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program’s Shellfish Equipment Construction Guide and the National Shellfish Sanitation Program’s Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish Annotated Manual. In addition, he has developed training courses including FDA Certified Better Process Control School, Inspection and Sampling of Abnormal Food Metal Containers and the FDA Shellfish Officer Standardization Course. Angel has a B.S. with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and Physics from the Inter American University.

Justin Busch

Account Executive | TraceGains

Justin has been with TraceGains for 4 years, starting as a Sales Development Representative, then as Sales Development Manager. Now as an Account Executive, Justin helps food and beverage companies digitize processes and maintain regulatory compliance. Passionate about health and wellness, Justin has become a member of the Natural and Organic Food Community here in Boulder, CO. Before TraceGains, Justin worked for an Italian Supplier of Synthetic Insulation in the outdoor industry. Justin lives in Golden, Colorado, and spends his free time outside, running and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.