One of the regulations under FSMA, Section 301-Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), represents a dramatic change in the way food importers in the United States will continue to import foods from foreign suppliers. The rule will require food importers to establish, apply, and maintain an FSVP. This section of FSMA places the responsibility for safety of the food products squarely on the shoulders of the importers who are introducing food products into the U.S. Furthermore, they will be held accountable for any food safety issues related to the imported food products and their suppliers.
The basic reasons for such a far-reaching change include the increasing imports of food products from foreign countries, limited official capacity to inspect foreign suppliers’ sites and imported food at ports of entry, complexity of the food supply chain and adulteration risks, and alarming cases of food adulteration in foreign countries supplying food products to U.S. markets.
Food importers will have to demonstrate that they are importing such products from approved foreign suppliers. In order to meet this requirement, importers will have to develop, apply, and maintain a risk assessment of the imported food product and foreign supplier, verification activities, investigations and corrective actions, periodic assessment of FSVP, importer identification, and recordkeeping for each imported product and foreign supplier.
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