USA - Foreign Supplier Verification Programme (FSVP)

20 Nov 2015 11:16 AM | Anonymous

The FDA has published three rules under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA):  the Produce Safety rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule, and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule. 

The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards and that they are achieving the same level of food safety as domestic farms and food facilities. In 2013, USDA estimated that imported food accounted for about 19 percent of the U.S. food supply, including about 52 percent of the fresh fruits and 22 percent of the fresh vegetables consumed by Americans. The final rule ensures that importers conduct verification activities (such as audits of a supplier’s facility, sampling and testing of food, or a review of the supplier’s relevant food safety records) based on risks linked to the imported food and the performance of the foreign supplier.

The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule sets new requirements for foreign suppliers exporting to the US.  See links below for more details