FSMA for Importers

The FSMA rules, which focus on preventing food safety incidents, apply to domestic food producers and those in other countries who export to the United States. The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule requires importers to verify that the food they import meets U.S. safety standards. Under the FSVP rule importers are required to develop, maintain, and follow an FSVP for each food imported, unless an exemption applies. FDA has released a chart in order to help importers determine whether they are subject to the FSVP rule. For more guidance, please visit FSVP: What Do Importers Need to Know? 

Additionally, importers may participate in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), 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 chains. This control includes importation of food from facilities that have been certified in accordance with FDA’s third-party certification program, as well as other measures that support a high level of confidence in the safety and security of the imported food.

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