FDA Dairy Exports: Milk Matters
Companies that wish to export products to foreign countries must comply with U.S. laws and regulations, as well as the requirements of the export markets. FDA provides certain resources that can be helpful to companies seeking to gain access to export markets, e.g., export certificates, lists of exporting firms.
On July 25, 2016, FDA launched a new electronic system that U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products can use to request inclusion on a list of eligible exporting facilities to facilitate meeting an export country’s requirements. The FDA Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS) Dairy Listing Module (DLM) is an electronic portal that U.S. dairy manufacturers and processors can use to apply for inclusion on the list, to update list information, or to reapply for listing.
Some foreign countries use a list to identify export-eligible U.S. manufacturers and processors. At present, FDA maintains country-specific dairy exporter lists for Chile, China, and the European Union (EU). Beginning on July 25, 2016, new applications and biennial updates for currently listed firms will be processed via the DLM. Firms currently listed on the Chile, China, or EU milk product lists are encouraged to submit a new application via the DLM to ensure a successful transition to the electronic system.