New Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations require that importers must have a program 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 or produce safety regulations, as appropriate, and to ensure that the supplier’s food is not adulterated and is not misbranded with respect to allergen labeling.
Importers are responsible for actions that include:
Determining 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
Importers must establish and follow written procedures to ensure that they import foods only from foreign suppliers approved based on an evaluation of the risk posed by the imported food and the supplier’s performance or, when necessary on a temporary basis, from unapproved suppliers whose foods are subjected to adequate verification activities before being imported.
Importers are required to develop, maintain and follow an FSVP for each food brought into the United States and the foreign supplier of that food. If the importer obtains a certain food from a few different suppliers, a separate FSVP would be required for each of those suppliers.
The training will also cover hazard analysis, evaluation of food risk and supplier performance, supplier verification, corrective actions and exemptions and modified standards.
For more information on this rule, please visit the FDA webpage here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm361902.htm
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