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NDBC supports FDA interception of Canadian beans
April 15, 2004

Editors note: The following is a letter from the National Dry Bean Council to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the FDAs recent action to block a shipment of dry edible beans coming in from Canada that it claims contain residues of the chemical Vinclazolin, the active ingredient in the fungicide Ronilan.

February 18, 2004

Mr. Carl R. Nielsen,
Director, Division of Import
Operations and Policy
1238 Parklawn Bldg.
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD  20857

Dear Mr. Nielsen:

It has recently come to the attention of NDBC that FDA has intercepted and detained from importation into the U.S. shipments of edible dry beans that originated in Canada and were found by FDA to contain residues of chemicals (Vinclozolin) whose use is prohibited on dry beans in the U.S.  Our purpose in writing is to commend FDA for your vigilance and actions in this regard, and to urge you to continue to require strict adherence to U.S. regulatory mandates for all imported edible dry beans. 

The U.S. edible dry bean industry has been diligent in producing the highest quality product known to the world, while maintaining strict compliance with required regulatory standards.  As you can appreciate, NDBC is very concerned that our products reputation could be severely tainted and the industry suffer irrevocable economic and other harm should imported edible dry beans that are contaminated with prohibited chemicals cross our borders and be allowed to enter our food supply or become commingled with U.S. produced edible dry beans.  Consequently, NDBC members recently unanimously adopted a position to oppose all imports into the U.S., or the transshipment through the U.S., of any edible dry beans that do not conform to or comply with any and all requirements of U.S. laws and regulations.

Again, NDBC urges you to continue to vigorously enforce U.S. law and regulation, by all appropriate means at your disposal, to ensure that all imported edible dry beans adhere to the strict standards that the U.S. industry conscientiously complies with year in and year out.
Thank you.

Randy Duckworth,
Executive Director
National Dry Bean Council

Cc:   John M. Taylor, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, ORA/FDA/HHS
J. B. Penn, Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA
Robert Sindt, NDBC Government Affairs Director


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