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  • Food

    The following list contains general guidelines for listing food items on

    Federal and State Regulations

    The sale of food is regulated by the federal government and most state governments, and users that list food and food-related products should familiarize themselves with these laws before listing such items on

    For example, there are federal and state laws that require labels to state, among other things, the food's ingredients, nutrition information, and place of manufacture. Virtually all states require food manufacturers and sellers to register with or obtain a license from the state. There are also restrictions on the import and export of many food products. The links below can be used as a starting point for sellers to educate themselves about laws relating to food sales: - Gateway to Government Food Safety Information - FDA's Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service - National Food Processors Association - FDA Import Procedures

    Perishable Items

    Sellers that list perishable items should clearly identify in the item description the steps that they will take to ensure that the goods are delivered to the buyer safely. For example, sellers of perishable goods should offer overnight delivery and ensure that the goods are properly packaged.

    Sealed Containers

    All food and related products sold on should be packaged or sealed to ensure that the buyer can identify evidence of possible tampering.

    Expiration Dates

    All items must be delivered to buyers prior to a clearly marked expiration or "use by" date.

    Prohibited Food Items

    For the safety of our users, you may not list the following food and food-related items on

    � Listings containing drug claims-that is, a claim that the item is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans and/or animals (e.g., pharmaceutical drugs, contact lenses, misbranded dietary supplements)

    � Non-pasteurized dairy products

    � Fruit and vegetable juice products that have not been heat pasteurized

    � Wild mushrooms

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