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Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) What You Need To Know

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The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) is an essential part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011. FSVP places the responsibility of food safety onto the importers themselves and requires those covered under the law to develop a program based on risk to verify food imported into the United States meets applicable U.S. safety standards.

What do you need to know about FSVP? Our Food Safety Training and Consulting team put together this simple guide - but FSVP is not as simple as you think! Download the infographic here. 

One common question received is: “Who do these requirements apply to?” Below is a simple outline of the importers subject to the rule and those with exceptions. The law has compliance dates ranging from May 2017 to 2020 depending on size.

Applies to: Exceptions:

✔ U.S. Owner or consignee of an article of food for import into the United States

✔ U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner or consignee at time of Entry 

✔ Importing low acid canned food (21 CFR 113 applies)

✔ Importing fish or fishery products

✔ Importing juice

✔ Importing food for research

✔ Importing meat, poultry, and/or egg products (USDA)

✔ Importing food for personal consumption

✔ Importing food that is transshipped

✔ Importing food for processing and direct export

✔ Importing alcoholic beverages

✔ Importing from a country with an officially recognized or equivalent food safety system

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