International Trade

FDA and USDA Regulations: United States Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 Changes

Make it easier to get your food and agricultural products across the US border

Friday, May 13, 2016 from 8:30 A.M. to noon


Michael Lahar

Michael Lahar

Compliance Manager
Deringer Logistics Consulting Group

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Michael Lahar began working in the field of international trade and Customs in 1987, after attending the University of New England with a major in Business Administration. Mike joined a nationally known brokerage and forwarding firm, quickly progressing to earn his individual license as a Customs broker from the U.S. Treasury in 1989. In 1997, he began his career with Deringer as a Post Entry Specialist. Mike was instrumental in the formal development of Deringer’s centralized Post Entry Team and was a prominent contributor to Deringer’s imaging technologies. He has also served as a trade consultant focusing upon the government’s Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) initiatives.

Mike joined the Deringer Logistics Consulting Group in 2001 as a specialist in the laws and regulations related to liquidated damages and penalty cases. While recognized as an expert in this area, he also holds expertise in special entry programs including Temporary Importation Bonds (TIBs), contracts and government entries. In 2002, Mike became involved with the implementation of Deringer’s FDA registration program, which is a key component of the federal Bio-terrorism Act of 2002. He returned to Deringer operations in Champlain, NY as the FDA Team Leader in 2005, became involved with Deringer’s training programs, and earned the title of National Post-Entry Supervisor. Currently, Mr. Lahar serves as the corporate Compliance Manager with oversight of post entry and regulatory issues. He also continues his work as a trainer providing guidance and speaking on various government agency agendas concerning trade.


  • To understand the regulations and procedures of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA);
  • To reduce the risk of delays of food shipments to the United States;
  • To learn about new procedures introduced since the original law was implemented.



The speech will be held in english.


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514 871-4001

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Line Leblond
Project Manager, Training

The workshop expenses are tax deductible (provicial and federal).

The cost of the workshop is eligible as an expense under the 1% Training Investment.

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  • FDA Facility Registration: who needs to register, how often, what information is required;
  • Foreign supplier and food safety verification;
  • FDA and USDA inspection procedures;
  • Types of food products FDA and USDA have responsibility for;
  • Record keeping requirements and fees; 
  • Challenges posed by the recent regulatory changes at FDA as well as changes in data requirements to clear goods at the border.


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