FDA Releases Guidance Documents for Meeting New FSMA Standards

FDA has issued five guidance documents to help importers and food producers meet key food safety provisions mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).   The guidance documents include:   ·         A draft guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule ·         A Small Entity Compliance Guide on the FSVP rule ·         A draft guidance on the term "Same Level of Public Health Protection" used in both the FSVP and Produce Safety regulations ·         Chapter 15 of the draft Preventive Controls for Human Food guidance regarding Supply-Chain requirements ·         Enforcement Discretion guidance regarding the application of FSVP to…

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FSVP Program ~ Review & Requirements

FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Introduction The FDA FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in 18 months. The final rule requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. This rule is the product of a significant level of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, the agency’s…

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