FDA Import Detention

FDA Import Detention

Most imported foods fall under the regulatory purview of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Established in 1974, the FDA’s Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) program automatically detains and prevents the sale of items it deems high-risk – due to a history of violations from a manufacturer, the appearance that a product is violative, or when information indicates future entries may be violative. In order to sell a product detained under DWPE and remove a manufacturer from automatic detention, the importer must have a third-party laboratory, like Anresco, sample and analyze the product for the presumed violation. If the product is deemed to be “clean”, then an analytical packet is sent to the FDA recommending the product be released.

Anresco Laboratories has offered DWPE sampling and analytical services to the import industry since 1981. Today, it performs almost every analysis required by the FDA and is one of the largest and most successful laboratories in the country for DWPE testing, accounting for about 15-20% of the import testing market. As a result, we have accrued significant experience working with every FDA District (each with its own requirements), a reputation for honest and quality work, and economies of scale to provide the lowest price possible for our customers. We honestly believe we have the finest analytical group of any private laboratory in the United States for this work.

Common Analyses:

  • Artificial sweeteners (by TLC)
  • Aflatoxins
  • Canned Food Testing (Low-acid canned foods)
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Color Additives
    • Eye Cosmetics
    • Other Cosmetics (shampoo, conditioner, soap)
    • Foods
    • Candies
  • Extraneous Matter/Filth
    • Light Filth (rice products, fungus, mushroom, dried fruits, seafood products, products containing chili or tamarind, dried bean curd)
    • Macroscopic Filth (peppers, dates, tamarind pods)
    • Heavy filth (Basmati rice)
  • Iron

  • Lead
  • Medical Devices/Leak Testing (gloves, condoms)
  • Melamine, Cyanuric Acid, Ammeline, and Ammelide
  • Pseudomonas
  • Microbiology
    • Escherichia Coli (E.Coli)
    • Salmonella
    • Staphylococcus
    • Listeria
  • Nutritional Facts Labeling
  • Decomposition
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Histamine
  • Indole
  • Malachite Green and Gentian Violet
  • Methyl mercury
  • Nitrofurans
  • Sodium

  • Sulfites / Sulfur Dioxide
  • Pesticides
    • Permethrin
    • Vinclozolin
    • Endosulfans
    • Dimethoate
    • Omethoate
    • Methamidophos
    • Monocrotophos
    • Dicofol
    • Azoxystrobin
    • Acepha
    • Prochloraz
    • Methomyl
    • Hexaconazole
    • Dicrotophos
    • Profenofos
    • Procymidone
    • DDTs / BHCs
    • Chlorpyrifos
    • Quintozene

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