A partner chef and I want to use a particular ingredient that comes from the sap of the coconut sprout. It's close to molasses with rare coconut flavor. I know of a place to get it on an island in the pacific, but I am still in the process of understanding the regulations behind an idea like this.
1. Has anyone imported any ingredients like this? If so, what should I do to make sure that I am in line with the FDA regulations?
2. Would I need to have the product pasteurized before shipment, or can I pasteurize it upon arrival?
3. Has anyone used this product before and know of a easier and/or safer way to get it?
Any direction would be greatly appreciated.