Imports Subject ToDetention Testing

Imports Subject To Detention Testing

The Top Food Imports Subject To Detention Testing

The FDA’s Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) program automatically detains and prevents the sale of items it deems high-risk. In such situations, a third-party laboratory must conduct detention sampling and testing before the import can be accepted by the FDA. Here are the top imports subject to detention testing:


1. Fishery and seafood products: Seafood imports are subject to detention testing far more than any other product. From 2005 to 2013, fishery and seafood products made up 20.5% of import refusals. The main reason was sanitary violations or, specifically, “filth.” This number has raised with recent radiation issues in the Atlantic Sea.


2. Vegetables and vegetable products: 16.1% of import refusals in the last decade come from vegetables and vegetable products. They were most commonly refused because of unsafe pesticide residues.


3. Fruits: Fruit and other fruit products make up of 10.5% of import refusals.Mexico; India and China have the highest number of refusals.


4. Spices, flavors, and salts: 7.7% of import refusals have to do with spices, flavors and salts we usually consider harmless. Detention testing checks whether the common issues of pesticides, filth, and radiation are found in such products.


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