Regulations and Requirements

In addition to helping U.S. exporters navigate an array of regulations governing trade in food and agricultural products, FAS works to ensure that those regulations are predictable, transparent, and science-based.

FAS maintains an online system to to inform the U.S. agricultural industry regarding changes in international food and agriculture regulations that could affect U.S. exports.

FAS also provides access to a database that lists maximum acceptable levels of pesticides and veterinary drugs in food and agricultural products in the United States, as well as 70 other countries, the European Union and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Additional information about regulations and requirements governing agricultural exports and imports is available from other agencies. 

Data & Analysis

March 3, 2015
On February 16, 2015, the St Lucia Veterinary Service granted full market access to U.S. beef and beef products, ending 12 years of restrictions in place since the U.S. reported its first case of BSE.
March 2, 2015
Draft Federal Law on Banning Cultivation and Breeding of Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals . . . Russia’s Agricultural Trade: Exports Up and Imports Down . . .
March 2, 2015
Turkey has delayed the implementation of a Product Verification Monitoring System (PVMS) for ten months.
February 27, 2015
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published updated draft regulations regarding naturally occurring toxic substances (NOTS) in some foods and beverages.