Before exporting food, drinks, medications and cosmetics to the US you must know this:
What are our responsibilities as your agent and your responsibilities as the exporter?
Food poisoning is nothing new in the US, in some cases it happens by accident or caused by negligence. However, in other cases it is intentional like in the Chicago Tylenol murders case were a series of poisoning deaths resulting from drug tampering in the Chicago metropolitan area in 1982.
The victims had all taken Tylenol-branded acetaminophen capsules that had been laced with potassium cyanide. This poisoning method was copied by others resulting in more deaths after consuming other products.
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Phoenix police identified the man who is suspected of tampering with items in a local Target store as David C. Lohr. According to court documents, Lohr told police that he poured peroxide on food items at the store. Police say he may be linked to similar tampering incidents at several other Valley stores.
After the September 11 events, it came to mind that it is possible that food, drinks and medications coming to the US from abroad can be poisoned intentionally to cause harm to the masses. A terrorist may infiltrate a company as a worker and may inject harmful undetectable substance in the company’s product being sent to the US and before you know it…
For that reason, the US Congress enacted a law to pinpoint responsibilities in the event of food poisoning accidental or intentional. But then, what company to blame? The one who made the product? The one who put it in bottles or cans? The warehouse?
The first step is to have one person and entity in the US responsible for investigating the company wanting to export and to vouch for it by registering his/her name as the Registered Agent of that company. In the event of a problem that person is the first in the line of fire.
The second step is for the US to know everything about the company that made the product, the one that bottled or packed the product and the warehouse that had it before shipping.
It is in the best interest of the maker of the product to assume responsibilities only for the production process. This because the tempering may occur at the bottling or packing company.
As your registered agent, we will get you the FDA registration number. However, it is your responsibility to have the bottler and the packer to registered as additional firms that had the product in their custody before shipping. They too must have and FDA number.
If you are the manufacturer of the product and you also do the bottling and the packing, or if you want to assume the responsibilities of the bottler and the packer, we shall register you as the sole company responsible for all establishments involved in the process. It is up to you.