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Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) – Effective May 27, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) on May 27, 2017.

What is FSVP?

A central feature of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FSVP shifts the burden of certifying the safety of food imports from the FDA to the importers themselves. FSVP will require:

  • Identification of the “FSVP importer” for food products imported into the U.S. The FSVP importer is responsible for establishing foreign supplier verification programs to verify that their foreign suppliers are using safe processes and procedures and that the food is not adulterated or misbranded.

Who is the FSVP Importer?

The FSVP importer could be the Importer of Record but not always. The FSVP importer must be a U.S. owner or consignee of the food with a direct financial interest in the food product. If there is no U.S. owner or consignee at the time of entry, the foreign owner of the food must appoint a U.S. agent who will be responsible for ensuring that supplier verification activities are conducted for each food product imported.

What we will need from you.

After May 27th, we will need the FSVP importer’s name, contact information, DUNS # and FDA registration number. This must be provided in ACE at the time of entry.

Useful information about the exemptions can be found here and the final rule is here.

If you have any questions, you may contact your regular account representative or [email protected].

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