FDA Proposes New Rules for Imported Foods

Posted on July 28, 2013 by

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On July 26, 2013, FDA issued proposed regulations that would greatly strengthen the oversight of foods imported for U.S. consumers. Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulations, importers would be required to perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as that required of domestic food producers. The FSVP regulations would implement section 301 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The proposed regulations vary based on the type of food product (such as processed foods, produce, and dietary supplements), the category of importer, the nature of the hazard in the food, and who is to control the hazard.

Food arrives in the United States from farms and producers around the world. About 15 percent of the U.S. food supply is imported, and for some commodities, such as produce, that percentage increases greatly. It is important that food imported into the United States meets the same level of public health protection as food produced domestically.

Compliance Status Review: Importers would be required to review the compliance status of the food and the potential foreign supplier before importing the food and periodically thereafter.

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