Effective July 28, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is exercising its enforcement discretion to allow establishments to request approval to back-cater on foreign-origin commercial aircraft returning to a foreign country within 3 hours of arrival in the United States. Back-catering is the practice of allowing unconsumed food and meals uploaded at a foreign point of origin to remain onboard at a U.S. airport for consumption during the return trip to a foreign port.
To back-cater, establishments must have an approved compliance agreement with APHIS and meet the following requirements:
APHIS is taking this action after determining that the measures above will mitigate the risks posed by back-catered meals.
Establishments that want to back-cater may contact the local APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine or U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative to apply for a regulated garbage compliance agreement. Information on how to apply for a compliance agreement can be found on the APHIS Regulated Garbage website:
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