The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals is a welcomed ally in the continued effort to increase supply chain transparency for U.S. based food manufacturers.
The FSVP rule provides greater oversight into food products entering the United States to ensure “food imported into the United States was produced in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as that required of domestic food producers.”
The FDA has declared that importers are responsible for actions that include:
Additionally, importers must establish and follow written procedures to ensure they import foods only from approved foreign suppliers, or when necessary temporarily, from unapproved suppliers whose foods are subjected to adequate verification activities before being imported. Importers are also required to develop, maintain and follow an FSVP for each food brought into the United States and the foreign supplier.
Attorney Marc Sanchez is a frequent national speaker on FDA compliance issues impacting the food and dietary supplements industries and is widely considered a leading voice in understanding FSMA.
Download our FAQ document to get Marc’s answers to the most frequently asked questions FVSP questions.