Date: October 25, 2016
Subject: Typhoon Haima smashes into China / FDA Registration Facilities Processing Food for Animal or Human Consumption
Source: Al Jazeera News And Agencies
Typhoon Haima made landfall on the coast of China, about 110km to the east of Hong Kong, at 04:00 GMT. It was a typhoon equivalent to Category 1 on the Saffir Simpson Scale as it came ashore almost over the top of Shanwei. The eye was no longer open but the wall of thunderstorms circulating around the centre almost reached Hong Kong. Even at this distance, Hong Kong suffered gusts of up to 109km/h.
More than 700 flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled or delayed, roads were clear of cars and pavements empty, with schools and offices shut, according to AFP news agency.
Hong Kong Observatory warned: “The rain bands of Haima are bringing squalls and heavy rain to the territory. Seas are rough and there are swells. Members of the public should stay on alert, stay away from the shoreline, and not engage in water sports.”
Shanwei felt the wind swing from northeast to southwest as it gusted to 94km/h then settled to a steady 61km/h as the rain kept falling. Some 66mm had fallen by 06:00 GMT.
Around 150km further east, the coastal city of Shantou was recording gusts of wind in excess of 80km/h in the driving rain. At least 71mm of rain has fallen in the past nine hours.
Haima is now overland in eastern Guangdong so has lost its source of energy – the warm waters of the South China Sea. As such it will now disintegrate, but it will still drop around 200mm of rain over eastern Guangdong and Fujian. Floods and landslides are likely.
Delmar is closely monitoring the situation and we will try our best to protect the safety of our staffs, facilities and cargo. Delays of air cargo movement are expected, we are working diligently with airlines, warehouses and partners to find solutions to mitigate the impact and to expedite cargoes as soon as possible.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting your Delmar representative.
Subject: FDA Registration Facilities Processing Food for Animal or Human Consumption
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 tasks the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. As part of the Act, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are required to register with FDA.
Under the FSMA, applicable food facilities must also renew existing registrations every other year, between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year. 2016 is such a year. All applicable facility renewals must be filed with the FDA by December 31st, 2016.
Food Facility Registrations (FFR) that are not renewed by December 31, 2016 may be subject to invalidation resulting in shipments being delayed or held at the first U.S. port of entry.
Delmar International encourages all of its affected clients to ensure their facilities are compliantly registered and to confirm the food facility registration status of applicable foreign manufacturing facilities they may do business with.
Delmar International will assist its customers, both non-resident importers and foreign suppliers, who are subject to these FDA requirements, by acting as their designated U.S. domestic agent for FDA inquiry purposes.
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