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The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) is a program established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It is designed to ensure that imported food meets the same safety standards as domestically produced food.

What Does The FSVP Require?

The FSVP requires importers of food for human and animal consumption to verify that their foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. This includes:

  • Hazard analysis : Importers must identify the known or reasonably foreseeable hazards associated with each food they import.
  • Supplier verification : Importers must assess the supplier’s food safety practices to determine whether they are adequate to address the identified hazards. This may involve reviewing the supplier’s food safety plan, conducting on-site audits, or obtaining third-party verification.
  • Corrective actions : If an importer determines that a supplier’s food safety practices are inadequate, they must take corrective actions to ensure that the food meets U.S. safety standards. This may involve working with the supplier to improve their practices, refusing to import food from the supplier, or reporting the supplier to the FDA.

Who is Affected by The FSVP?

The FSVP applies to all importers of food for human and animal consumption, with a few exceptions. For example, it does not apply to importers of food that is:

  • Repacked or relabeled before further distribution in the United States.
  • Manufactured by a very small business (defined as having an average annual value of human food sales of less than $3 million over the previous 3 years).
  • Subject to other FDA regulations, such as the Produce Safety Rule or the Sanitary Food Transportation Rule.

Benefits of The FSVP

The FSVP is expected to improve the safety of imported food by:

  • Helping to identify and address potential food safety hazards before food is imported into the United States
  • Encouraging foreign suppliers to adopt food safety practices that are equivalent to those required of domestic food producers
  • Providing the FDA with more information about the safety of imported food