The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has designated FoodChain ID Testing NA, Inc. as a Foreign Official Laboratory for genetically modified organism (GMO) testing of food products exported from the United States to Korea. This designation allows a FoodChain ID Testing certificate of analysis to be substituted for GMO testing inspection at the Korean border for agricultural products, processed foods, health functional foods, and food additives.
The approval process for a Foreign Official Laboratory is rigorous and includes an application and document review as well as successful completion of an on-site visit to verify that the facilities, technical competence, processes, and quality systems meet MFDS requirements. Regular review of the laboratory technical and quality systems is necessary for renewal to be granted.
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MFDS Certificate of Authorization for FoodChain ID Testing NA
Facilitating regulatory compliance
FoodChain ID Testing NA, Inc.’s status as a Foreign Official Laboratory expedites the inspection process for food products at the destination port. When food products are imported into Korea, the laboratory test certificate issued by a Foreign Official Laboratory can be presented at the time of import declaration. In this case, an importer can be exempted from additional laboratory testing in Korea.
According to Dr. Heather Secrist, FoodChain ID Testing CEO, “We have a significant number of customers in the global agriculture and food industry so we’ve put extra attention on providing relevant services that facilitate regulatory compliance and expedite trade. Recognition as an approved laboratory by the MFDS broadens our service portfolio and enables us to continue providing superior service to our global customers. We’re proud to be able to offer testing for this export market and to be recognized for our technical proficiency and knowledge of regional market requirements.”