FDA issues Foreign Supplier Verification Program alert

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) is a significant provision of the United States’ Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It requires importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. Under FDA’s FSVP Rule food importers (or their Agents) must have in place an adequate FSVP Plan that ensures their foreign food suppliers are meeting the same food safety standards FDA requires of domestic food manufacturers.

To date, the FDA has not taken any enforcement action against an importer for not complying with the regulations, however, last week the FDA created Import Alert 99-41 which means enforcement is coming soon. An import alert is an administrative enforcement tool that FDA uses to issue an import refusal. Under the law, food imported by an importer who does not comply with FSVP may be refused admission into the United States.

You can read the full Import Alert 99-41 here. For more information about FSVP please click here.