Importing Food Products: How to Successfully Import Food Products & Pass an FSVP Audit
Join us for this hybrid seminar covering the basics of food import compliance, with experts from the FDA, GJ Enterprises, ST+R, and Diaz Trade Law.
What We’ll Cover:
- Importing Food Products Compliantly
- FSMA Enforcement à FSVP Audits
- Top Tips for Success during a FSVP Audit
- Recent Enforcement
- Top Mistakes FDA Sees Importers making in Florida
- Top tips for importers/brokers
- Best practices when importing food
- Coral Del Mar Lopez, Compliance Officer, Food and Drug Administration
- Jason Ferry, Compliance Officer, Food and Drug Administration
- Sandra Jaramillo, LCB, President, GJ Enterprises
- Domenic Veneziano, Independent FDA Regulatory and Strategic Consultant, Sandler, Travis, & Rosenberg (Former Director of FDA’s Import Operations and Policy)
- MODERATOR: Jennifer Diaz, Esq., President, Diaz Trade Law
Who Should Register:
- Importers, Customs Brokers, Entry Specialists, and Suppliers of Food Products
**Lunch will be served for those attending in-person
Coral Del Mar LopezCompliance Officer, FDA
Mrs. Coral del Mar Lopez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Graduate School of Public Health in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Evaluation Research of Health Systems. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences. She began her career with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2015 as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) for the Division of Southeast Imports (DSEI), Memphis Resident Post. In the position of CSO, she conducted various import and domestic inspection assignments. She also conducted Import investigations, collaborated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other agencies through the performance of field examinations and imported drug Blitz. In October 2019, she became a Compliance Officer for the Division of Southeast Imports focusing primarily in the evaluation and development of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) compliance cases leading to enforcement actions such as Warning Letters, Regulatory Meetings, and Import Alert cases.
Mrs. Lopez is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an FDA Compliance Officer by working towards the Agency’s mission of protecting and promoting the public health through the enforcement of laws and regulations.
Domenic VenezianoIndependent FDA Regulatory and Strategic Consultant
Mr. Veneziano is a veteran FDA specialist with over 24 years of Agency experience. He served as director of the FDA’s Division of Import Operations for more than ten years. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of FDA’s import operations program and provided leadership, guidance, and direction to approximately 1,000 field investigators in more than 320 U.S. ports of entry. He also served as co-lead in the development of the FSMA import regulations and was the senior advisor on the implementation of FSMA and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. Mr. Veneziano began his FDA career in 1992 as a field investigator in the New England District specializing in medical device inspections. In 1998 he became a supervisory investigator in New England overseeing the medical device and import programs.
Jennifer Diaz Esq.President, Diaz Trade Law
President and Founder of Diaz Trade Law, Jennifer (Jen) Diaz is a Chambers ranked, Board Certified International Attorney specializing in customs and international trade. For more than 15 years, Jen has provided legal advice and customized training on import and export compliance to industry, with a strong record of success in mitigating federal administrative enforcement actions. Jen has received many accolades from the legal community, including being recognized by “Super Lawyers” as a Top International Attorney, having an AV rating of “Superb,” and serving as President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (2018-2019). A frequent media commentator, Jen has authored book chapters, journal articles, and other articles for The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, Bloomberg Law, and others. Jen is Editor of “Customs & International Trade Law” a blog recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as being an important part of the legal historical record.
Lt. Jason FerryCompliance Officer, FDA
LT Jason Ferry graduated from the Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Science in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Public Health in 2009. He began his career as an Environmental Health Specialist at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in Lexington, Kentucky where he conducted inspections for Food Hygiene, Water Quality, and Indoor Air Quality. Jason then relocated to Louisville, Kentucky where he worked at the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness as the Manager of the Emergency and Public Health Preparedness Branch. He then accepted responsibility as the Food Safety Supervisor responsible for overseeing the daily activities of 20 Environmental Health Specialist for the city. Jason began his career with the Food and Drug Administration in February, 2015 as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) for the New Orleans District (NOL-DO), Memphis Resident Post, and then as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the United States Publich Health Service (USPHS) Environmental Health Officer category June, 2015 conducting various import and domestic inspection assignments. In the position of CSO, he reviewed import documentation for compliance and conducted domestic food inspections.
Jason was promoted to the Compliance Branch in the Division of Southeast imports as a Compliance Officer in October, 2020. His responsibilities include reviewing the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) import inspections and respond to each individual firm to ensure compliance during the FDA “educate to regulate” roll-out of the FSVP regulations.
LT Ferry has a vast array of knowledge from his 15 years of service working at Public Health agencies in an effort to promote and protect Public Health. After 5 years of service with the FDA, Jason continues to be proud to represent the Agency and USPHS and is dedicated to enhancing the Import program area in response to the ever changing dynamics of import regulation and globalization.
Sandra Jaramillo, LCBPresident, GJ Enterprises
Sandra Jaramillo is a Licensed Customs Broker and President of GJ Enterprises, Customs Brokerage & Consulting, Inc. She is an experienced Customs Broker with a demonstrated history of knowledge and experience in working with customs, with 17 years of experience. She represents importers before US Customs and all other government agencies to acquire prompt and proper release of cargo. Her specialization is in perishable cargo and cargo for human consumption that is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Her mission as a Customs Broker is to facilitate a smooth import process in order to allow the importer prompt access to their cargo while having no compliance issues, with end goal in mind, so that her clients businesses can thrive.
Tammara ThreatsDirector of Compliance Branch, FDA
Mrs. Tammara Perry Threats graduated from the University of Memphis in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She began her career with the Food and Drug Administration in September, 2002 with the CounterTerrorism Hires. She began her carree as a Consumer Safety Officer for the New Orleans District (NOL-DO), Memphis Resident Post, conducting various import and domestic inspection assignments. In the position of CSO, she conducted Food, Seafood HAACP, Blood Banking & Plasmapheresis, and Human Tissue establishment inspections. She also performed a wide range of Import investigations, working collaboratively with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. In July, 2011 she became a Compliance Officer for New Orleans District whereby she accomplished primarily import compliance case work leading to numerous seizures, liquidated damages and penalty cases.
In February, 2016, Mrs. Threats became the Director of Compliance Branch for New Orleans District Import Operations. In this position, she is responsible for supervision of Compliance Officers and Legal Instruments Examiner; as well as maintaining quality and consistency within the Compliance Branch. She currently serves as Director of Compliance Branch for the Division of Southeast Imports.
Mrs. Threats set her goals as a freshman in college to obtain a position within the Food and Drug Administration because of the Agency’s mission of public health protection. After 15 years of service with the FDA, she continues to be proud to represent the Agency and dedicated to enhancing the work products in the Import program area in recognition of globalization and FDA’s vastly expanding regulatory oversight. Mrs. Threats is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Management-Interdsiciplinary Studies, which encompasses leadership, project management, employee and labor relations and human resources.