Ensure compliance with food regulations.

We offer a network of independent ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories and provide services that assure that the strict requirements of US FDA food regulations are met. Whether you are an importer, custom broker, food manufacturer or retailer, IEH Laboratories can be your partner in food safety protecting your brand, your products, and your FDA DWPE specific cases.

Leaders in food safety & laboratory analysis.

IEH laboratories provides food safety consulting for FDA regulations

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) there are an increasing number of foods being tested by the FDA at the time of import. Illegal residues and contaminants are often detected through routine sampling, which leads to a refusal of entry for that shipment and automatic detention going forward. Food products under FDA import Alert and Detention without Physical Examination (DWPE) must be sampled and tested by qualified independent sampling and laboratory companies.

Once a product has been shown to contain an illegal residue or contaminant, the shipment is refused entry in the United States, and either must be re-exported to another country or destroyed. US FDA places the Exporter of that product under its DWPE program. Under the DWPE Program, every new shipment from that exporter must be analyzed by a private laboratory for the same illegal residue or contaminant. Only if the new shipment is found to be below established tolerance will the FDA allow it to be released into the channels of trade.

Everything from sampling to analytical methodology to reporting must be performed using extremely strict protocols, or the analytical data package will be rejected, subjecting the importer to further delays, or possible refusal of entry. Generally after five clean shipments in a row the exporter may petition to be removed from Automatic Detention.

Experts in Detention without Physical Examination.

IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group is a global leader in analytical testing with laboratories spanning the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and more. All of our laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited for a variety of expedited testing services including comprehensive support for FDA Detention without Physical Examination (DWPE).

We ask clients for the following information in order to begin sampling and analysis

  1. A copy of the “notice of FDA Action” form (as received from the FDA).
  2. A copy of the commercial invoice(s) for the product being detained.
  3. The product being detained with packing information.
  4. The street address where the product is being held with the hours the lot(s) is/are available for sampling.
  5. The name and phone number of a contact to be reached if the sampler cannot gain access to the lot for sampling.
  6. Specific analyses being requested.

Let us know how we can help.

Speak to one of our consultants and find out how we can ensure your business complies with all FDA food regulations. Complete the contact form here. A representative will reach out to you within 48 hours.


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Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 632-2715
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