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IDFA Clarifies Updates to FDA’s Dairy Exporter Lists

Jul 11, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched in 2016 its Dairy Listing Module (DLM), which is an electronic system to facilitate applications from U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products to be included on lists of firms eligible to export to the China, Chile and countries in the European Union (EU). These countries use the lists to identify U.S. dairy exporters that are eligible to ship dairy products to their countries. FDA announced this week that a new Export Listing Module (ELM) will replace the DLM and include non-dairy products as well.

IDFA members that export dairy products to these countries will now be required to use the ELM to be included on the list of eligible firms.

“Although FDA will automatically transfer information from the Dairy Listing Module to the new Export Listing Module, IDFA is reminding dairy companies who use the DLM to check their information in the new system,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs.

Dairy professionals may use existing login information or create a new account on FDA’s website to add company information to the module.

Expanded Features

Companies must successfully complete a verification audit before being eligible for China’s list, and the ELM allows dairy exporters to upload the audit information. FDA encourages dairy exporters to provide audit information and other required data through the ELM by June 15, 2019.

Visit the USDA AMS website for more information on audit requirements for dairy product and infant formula exporters.

Members with questions may contact Hughes at

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