When importing food from foreign countries, time is of the essence but barriers can arise. One adverse time barrier is an import detention handed down by the FDA. The administration has the right to detain any shipments of a food product if they believe it is not in compliance with the laws of the United States.

If this should happen, EMSL has the experience and capabilities to assist you in in the sampling, testing, transport and paperwork to get your product out of the port and on the shelves.

For over 30 years EMSL has led the industry in testing and analysis. Our professional staff of trained scientists, technicians and analysts can also provide Method Validation & Development.

Laboratory Services

FDA Import Detentions are highly customized based on product and country of origin with specific criteria that must be adhered to.

Our dedicated project managers will coordinate sample collection and analysis, working directly with the FDA to determine exactly what is needed.

We offer fast sampling and testing turn around times and can deliver a custom Import Detention Resolution Packet (IDRP) directly to the FDA compliance officer.

Please submit the following to receive a personalized quote:

  • General Nutritional Labeling needs
  • Validating manufacturer / supplier nutritional information
  • Validating data generated from software based database analysis

Examples of Possible Analysis Required

  • Artificial Colors
  • Bacterial Pathogens
  • Filth Analysis / Extraneous Material
  • Fluoride
  • Leachable Lead & Cadmium
  • Melamine
  • Mercury Analysis
  • Natural Toxins
  • Pesticide Residue
  • Sweeteners