The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final rule to implement the
Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) requirement that food imported into the United States is produced with at least the same level of public health protection as is required for food grown and processed in the United States. Food importers would now be required to develop Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) that comply with U.S. standards, including FDA’s produce safety and preventive controls rules.
Within the FSVP is the
Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). VQIP is a voluntary, fee-based program for the expedited review and importation of foods from importers who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chain. The FSVP and VQIP for imported foods are particularly important to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, as produce imports increasingly supplement the U.S. supply of horticultural crops and products.
This regulation addresses import safety and is closely tied to the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule and Produce Rule requirements.
Importers are required to verify that food imported into the U.S. has been produced to the same food safety standards that are required of U.S. producers.
Food importers are required to develop Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) that verify compliance with U.S. standards, including the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule and Produce Rule requirements.
It’s anticipated the agency will soon be issuing important companion guidance documents for all final FSMA rules that will provide more detailed information about coverage and compliance requirements. There will be an opportunity to provide comments on these upcoming draft guidance documents, so stay tuned.
FSVP Rule Summaries
Keller and Heckman Final FSVP Rule Summary
Hogan Lovells Final FSVP Rule Summary FSMA Final Rule Webinars
PMA also hosted a webinar series with allied associations, featuring the FDA. FDA Resources on the FSVP Rule
In response to the FDA's requests for industry input, PMA has submitted comments and oral testimony to the FDA. These documents were influential shaping the final rules.
FSVP Rule Guidance Documents
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