U.S. food import requirements have changed dramatically with enactment of a new law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA is the biggest change to U.S. food law since the 1930s. Importers must now verify that suppliers are manufacturing food or growing produce in a manner that provides the same level of food safety standards as U.S. regulations through the use of onsite audits, sampling and testing of product and other means. Importers that fail to properly verify the food safety practices of the foreign suppliers are subject to criminal penalties imposed by the U.S. federal government. Sound like an huge new burden on your company and supply chain partners? It is. You could spend countless hours working to meet these new regulatory requirements, or you could just call us. U.S. Food Imports will perform all compliance responsibilities so you don’t have to.
FSMA Food Safety Foreign Supplier Verification
Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls Rule for Human Food Compliance
Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls Rule for Animal Food Compliance
Produce Safety Rule Compliance
Compliance with Laws on Adulteration of Food and Food Contact Surfaces
Allergen Labeling Compliance
Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food
The regulation issued as part of FSMA requires U.S. and foreign food facilities registered with FDA under the Bioterrorism Act to write and implement a HACCP-like food safety plan which includes:
- A hazard analysis
- Preventive controls
- Corrective actions
- Verification activities
The Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation has very specific requirements. U.S. Food Imports verifies that foreign suppliers meet the standards of the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation.
The regulation issued as part of FSMA requires U.S. and foreign farms to comply with standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce including:
- Worker training and health and hygiene
- Agricultural water
- Biological soil amendments
- Domesticated and wild animals
- Equipment, tools and buildings
The Produce Safety regulation imposes very specific–and complex–standards. U.S. Food Imports verifies that foreign suppliers meet the standards established in the Produce Safety Rule.
The U.S. has specific requirements for the labeling of allergens in foods. All major food allergens must be identified to consumers in a manner prescribed by FDA. Major food allergens include: milk, egg, fish Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans. U.S. Food Imports verifies foreign supplier compliance with U.S. allergen labeling law as mandated by FSMA.
Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food
The regulation applies to the manufacturing, processing, packing and holding of animal food. It establishes Current Good Manufacturing Practices for animal food for the first time and creates new preventive controls provisions similar to those established for human food. U.S. Food Imports verifies foreign supplier compliance with this regulation as required by FSMA.
Law on Adulteration of Food
Food which contains unapproved additives, poisonous or deleterious substances, is prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions, bears unsafe pesticide residues, contains any filthy, putrid or decomposed substance, is in food contact packaging containing unapproved substances, has had valuable constituents removed or has been transported under insanitary conditions, among many other things, is adulterated under federal law. U.S. Food Imports conducts FSMA-required verification of foreign suppliers to ensure food is not produced under conditions which could render it adulterated.
USFI’s proprietary recordkeeping software and database, FSVP CloudTM, part of our FSMA CloudTM suite provides a complete out-of-the-box solution for FSVP recordkeeping compliance. Feature of the software include:
- Cloud access
- Mobile application
- Foreign language capability
- Enterprise role-based security
- Customized fields
- Integration with your existing databases via API
- Export for FDA record requests
The FSMA CloudTM suite provides a comprehensive out-of-the-box solution software and database solution for FSMA recordkeeping compliance. Modules within the software provide compliance solutions for:
- Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
- Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule
- Produce Safety Rule
- Food Defense Rule
- Sanitary Food Transportation Act Rule
FDA CloudTM is our proprietary cloud-based compliance search system. FDA CloudTM searches available FDA compliance information on a daily basis including information on:
- Import alerts
- Warning letters
- Import refusals
- Adverse events