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IMPORTER ALERT : Critical Information for Food Importers

April 3, 2017

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On May 27, 2017 the Food & Drug Administration will begin implementation of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program also known as FSVP. Per FDA website “The final rule requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards.” Further, FSVP “…is a program that importers covered by the rule must have in place to verify that their foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls of produce safety regulations, as appropriate, and to ensure that the suppliers food is not adulterated and is not misbranded with respect to allergen labeling."

The FDA website cited below bullet points actions which importers are responsible to undertake:

  • Determine known or reasonably foreseeable hazards with each food
  • Evaluating the risk posed by a food, based on the hazard analysis, and the foreign supplier’s performance
  • Using that evaluation of the risk posed by an imported food and the supplier’s performance to approve suppliers and determine appropriate supplier verification activities
  • Conducting supplier verification activities
  • Conducting corrective actions


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