In recent weeks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significantly increased enforcement activity for Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) compliance. U.S. Food Imports LLC (USFI) has assisted a number of our clients with inspections over the past several weeks using our FSMA Cloud® and FDA Cloud® software applications (we note that all of our clients’ inspections have resulted in No Action Indicated (NAI) classifications).
USFI has encountered a number of retailers who have been named as the FSVP importer for food shipments without their knowledge.
It is imperative that your company determines the products in which it has been named as the FSVP importer. Violations of FSVP regulations are punishable with substantial civil and criminal penalties and importers who fail to comply with the FSVP rule may receive warning letters and be placed on import alert.
This regulatory alert provides techniques for determining whether or not you are the FSVP importer for shipments. We assist companies in conducting audits for FSVP liability. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-765-1800 if you have any questions.