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Dairy Facts 2016

FDA Launches Online Registration for Dairy Exporters

Jul 27, 2016

When exporting dairy products around the world, U.S. companies must navigate a host of regulatory requirements unique to each country. One common requirement is an export certificate or other document verifying the importing company is operating under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) jurisdiction and is in good standing.

To help dairy exporters meet this requirement, FDA launched on Monday a Dairy Listing Module (DLM) as part of the agency’s Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS). Through the module, FDA maintains select country-specific lists of U.S. companies in good standing that are interested in exporting milk products to Chile, China and the European Union. These countries can then use FDA’s list as sufficient verification when issuing an import license.

FDA previously compiled the lists from written applications, but the new dairy-specific section in FURLS allows U.S. milk and milk product processors to apply online. The new procedure will help them join the lists and receive import certification more quickly.

Dairy companies already on the list will be required to renew their licenses online through the module. Visit the online application portal here.

For more information, contact Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, at

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