For food, beverage, and dietary supplements companies, product safety depends mainly on the quality of the items and ingredients suppliers deliver. Ensuring that suppliers are qualified and meet safety requirements considerably reduces company risk.
The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hold importers accountable for ensuring the products they bring into the country meet the same safety standards as foods produced domestically. Now that companies shoulder most of that burden, it’s essential to take a more proactive approach. Understanding the definition of “importer” is the initial hurdle companies face in complying with the FSVP rule.
If an auditor arrived at your facility unannounced – would your team be ready? FSMA’s FSVP rule standards are stringent, and supplier verification is just one part of the program. Companies must demonstrate a complete audit trail quickly, and with the complexity of the program, there are several places to trip up.
We’ve clarified the importer definition below, along with nine other common FSVP-related mistakes food businesses make. Your company can avoid a warning letter from the FDA or an expensive and brand-damaging recall by understanding these pitfalls.