Comprehensive FSVP Compliance Date Timetable

On May 30, 2017, compliance begins for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule.  This rule imposes sweeping new changes on food importers and requires review and assessment of the food safety practices of foreign suppliers and their compliance history.  Foreign suppliers must be approved pursuant to a written program before sourcing.  The rule also…

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FSVP Importer Data Must Be Submitted Beginning on May 30

On May 30, 2017, compliance begins for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule.  This rule imposes sweeping new changes on food importers and requires review and assessment of the food safety practices of foreign suppliers and their compliance history. U.S. Food Imports LLC (USFI) has received a number of questions relating to which food…

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FSVP Compliance Begins May 30

On May 30, 2017, compliance begins for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule.  This rule imposes sweeping new changes on food importers and requires review and assessment of the food safety practices of foreign suppliers and their compliance history.  Foreign suppliers must be approved pursuant to a written program before sourcing.  The rule also…

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FSVP Training at USFI Mar. 14-15

The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI) will be holding training for industry and regulators for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulation March 14-15.  The course will be held at the St. Petersburg, Florida offices of U.S. Food Imports.  The FSVP regulation requires compliance activities to be performed by qualified…

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FDA Reopens Food Facility Renewals for Certain Expired Registrations

Last night (12/21/2016) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided a second chance at registration renewal for food facilities who failed to secure a confirmation from the U.S. agent listed on the registration.  The agency has not yet announced this publicly.  Tomorrow the agency will be releasing revised guidance on food facility registration but…

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FDA Publishes Final ACE Rule

On Friday, November 29, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled “Submission of Food and Drug Administration Import Data in the Automated Commercial Environment”(“Final Rule”).  The Final Rule establishes requirements for the electronic filing of entries of FDA-regulated products in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). …

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FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Fiber Sources In Nutrition Facts

On November 23, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a request for scientific data, information and comments that would help the agency evaluate the beneficial physiological effects to human health of isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates that are added to foods.  FDA is requesting the information to help them determine whether a…

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