Question: How does Buy American compliance affect items not grown domestically or when domestic food purchases are not practical?
Answer: USDA policy memo SP 38-2017 Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision explains limited exceptions to the Buy American provision. If a School Food Authority (SFA) is using one of the exceptions, there is no requirement to request a waiver from your State Agency or USDA to purchase a non-domestic product. SFAs must, however, keep documentation justifying their use of exception(s). Review the policy memo for additional details.