05/09/19 Importing Food Products – What are the challenges a Custom Broker faces when handling entries of FDA regulated food products?

09 May 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Event Details


3 CCS Credits will be accredited



Learn about the many requirements for the import of food products such as Food Facility Registration, FSMA rules and the coming deadlines, FDA in ACE, Prior Notice, how to handle detentions and Import Alerts and much more.

At this workshop, you will gain insight from a customs broker’s perspective as well as from an FDA Consultant who once worked for FDA.  You can expect to walk away with updated information and resources to help you avoid unnecessary delays.


Richard Chiang, FDA Specialist, LLC

Patty Rodriguez, J&K Fresh, LLC


Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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Cancellations must be received in writing by May 2, 2019 to receive a refund or to avoid being billed.

Your payment for this event is not deductible as a contribution or gift under Federal Income Tax Laws, but is most likely deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

$500 Gold Sponsor

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$300 Silver Sponsor

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$200 Bronze Sponsor

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Richard Chiang

FDA Specialist, LLC

Richard Chiang worked for the FDA for 13 years beginning as a field investigator and entry reviewer and later worked at the FDA’s headquarters Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).  He also worked at the FDA Prior Notice Center and eventually served as the Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs. 

Richard then supervised the FDA Los Angeles Import Operations Compliance Officers, who are the FDA personnel that determine if shipments imported through ports in the Los Angeles District are detained, released, or refused admission into the United States. Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has worked as consultant, assisting companies in complying with FDA laws and regulations since 2015. 

Patty Rodriguez

J & K Fresh, LLC

Patty Rodriguez has been working in the Custom Broker industry since 1983. She began her career as a hairstylist with a Cosmetology License in 1980. But little did she know that her interest would change when she took a position as a receptionist temporarily until she found another salon to work at. A Monday through Friday, 9-5 job started to feel better than the craziness of the hair industry. Plus the freedom of weekends. Little did she know that she would get hooked in the Import Industry.

She is currently working for J & K Fresh LLC for the past 18 year as the Compliance Officer for USDA, FDA and all other PGA related agencies involved in the imports of Food Products, mainly Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Her job includes traveling to meet with CBP, USDA and FDA at many ports in the U.S. She is also the IT Support at J & K Fresh LLC to resolve computer and processing issues to participating with many working groups involving FDA, AMS, APHIS and ACE.

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
07 May 2019
Members Only
09 May 2019
Sale Opens 08 May 2019
General Admission 07 May 2019 $70.00
General Admission
09 May 2019
Sale Opens 08 May 2019
Gold Sponsor 07 May 2019 $500.00
Silver Sponsor 07 May 2019 $300.00
Bronze Sponsor 07 May 2019 $200.00

09 May 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

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