Tag Archives: FSVP

FDA Publishes List of Records Required Under FSVP

As our readers may know, the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) generally requires importers to conduct a range of activities to ensure that food from foreign suppliers is produced in compliance with applicable food safety provisions, including, but not limited to, HARPC requirements or produce safety standards. The first FSVP … Continue Reading

FDA Launches Dashboard to Track FSMA Progress

On September 30, 2019, FDA announced the establishment of the Food Safety Dashboard, which is designed to measure the progress of the seven foundational rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), to track their impact, and to help FDA to refine its implementation of the rules. As FDA embarks on a New Era of Smarter … Continue Reading

FDA Issues First Warning Letter to Food Importer Under FSVP

On August 13, FDA announced the issuance of the first warning letter to a U.S. food importer under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  As our readers may know, FSVP generally requires importers to conduct a range of activities to ensure that food from foreign suppliers is produced in compliance … Continue Reading

FSVP Follow-up

With little fanfare, FDA issued a new Import Alert (IA 99-41) to prevent the importation of foods by importers who are not in compliance with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Regulation.  The FSVP regulations require importers to evaluate and document their suppliers and the steps taken to ensure the safety of food being imported.  … Continue Reading

FDA’s Outlines Plans to Modernize Oversight of Imported Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discusses how the Agency is integrating new tools, that are a result of the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),  with existing ones to improve the safety of imported foods in a newly released publication, “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food.” (For background information on … Continue Reading

New Canadian Food Safety Law Takes Effect in One Week

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will become effective one week from today, on January 15, 2019. As previously reported on this blog, Canada proposed these regulations in January 2017 to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were published … Continue Reading

FDA’s ‘Data Dashboard’ Expansion Makes Supply-Chain Verification Searches Easier

  Three FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules (Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals; Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; and Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals) require importers and facilities to … Continue Reading

FDA Guidance States Live Animals Processed Under USDA Regulations Do Not Need to Comply with FSVP Regulations

On March 21, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published guidance that live animals processed under Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations do not need to comply with Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) requirements. In general, live animals imported for use as food are regulated by FDA. However, they are required to be slaughtered … Continue Reading

FSMA Update: More Clarification on FSVP from FDA

As previously reported on this blog (see here, here and here), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance documents, fact sheets, and a Q&A document on how to comply with the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) final rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSVP regulation establishes requirements relating to: the … Continue Reading

Questions (and Answers) on FSVP

As previously covered on this blog, the general compliance date for the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is May 30, 2017 (for a summary of which importers are covered by the general compliance date, see here). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued additional guidance for importers on … Continue Reading

FDA Issues New Guidance on FSMA’s FSVP Rule

As previously covered on this blog, the general compliance date for the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is May 30, 2017. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued updated fact sheets, and new guidance on how to identify the importer under the FSVP Rule. The May 30th … Continue Reading

U.S. FDA Recognizes Australia as Having a Comparable Food Safety System

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Agency has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to one another. This follows FDA’s decision to recognize New Zealand and Canada as comparable foreign food safety systems in 2012 and 2016, … Continue Reading

FSMA Flash: Upcoming Public Meetings

FDA hosting three public meetings to focus on FSMA import provisions. With FSMA implementation in full swing, FDA has announced that it will be hosting three one-day public meetings in different regions to focus on the import provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Specifically, the meetings will focus on import safety programs, (i.e. … Continue Reading

Oh, Canada (An FSVP Update)

FDA recognizes Canada’s food safety system as comparable to U.S. As previously covered on this blog, FDA has issued a final rule to implement its Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Some importers are exempt from the FSVP requirements or are subject to modified requirements, depending on specific … Continue Reading

Import Refusal Trends

Newly-issued report describes trends in FDA import refusals. FDA is responsible for overseeing the safety of the U.S. food supply, which includes significant quantities of imported food.  Due in part to resource constraints, FDA inspects only a fraction of the foreign facilities that produce food for the U.S. and physically examines only a small percentage … Continue Reading

Caveat Importer

Recent FDA public meeting addressed FSMA import implications. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) includes several import-focused components, such as the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the still-under-development Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP).  The general compliance date for the FSVP is May 28, 2017.  The VQIP is expected to be open for applications … Continue Reading

Imports: Risky Business?

Survey of FDA import data suggests food imported from low-GDP countries may pose higher risks. Particularly now that FDA has issued a final rule to implement the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the food industry is more engaged than ever in the analysis of risks associated with foods … Continue Reading

FSMA Final Rule Follow-Up

K&H publishes summaries of FSMA final rules related to produce safety standards, foreign supplier verification program, and third-party certification program. As promised, Keller and Heckman LLP has prepared summaries of FDA’s final rules to implement the produce safety standards, the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), and the third-party certification program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization … Continue Reading

FSMA Friday

FDA issues three long-awaited final rules to implement FSMA provisions. FDA has issued final rules to implement three major provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The rules are scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015. Click here for FDA’s overview of the final rule to implement the produce safety … Continue Reading

FSMA Final Rule Watch

FDA finalizes three additional FSMA rules; publication imminent. Although FDA’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is well underway, the Agency has yet to issue several final rules to implement major provisions of the law.  In 2012, two advocacy groups — the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health … Continue Reading
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