Description: This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you export food to the US, tune into this highly efficient webinar to get FSMA explained and figure out what you are supposed to do.
This course meets the requirements of a Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) training. It is developed by the FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance) and is the standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA.
FSMA stands for Food Safety Modernization Act. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The act is supported by seven rules and some guidance documents. The titles of the seven rules are:
Yes, if you intend to import food into USA you must control and verify your suppliers. There are some exceptions which apply, related with the facility size, the type of food you import and the level of the recognition of the country of origin food safety system.
Аs an importer you are obliged to control and verify the food safety programs of your supplier. According to the FSVP rule it is your obligation to:
So you have to cooperate actively with your partner (exporter) agent in terms of assuring that their food safety system will not jeopardize your business. You could provide them with support to build their food safety management system.
If you own or act as consignee of a food offered for import into the United States, you are importer. An importer can be also a U.S. agency or representative of the foreign owner of consignee at the time of entry, as confirmed in a signed statement of consent.
The requirements of this rule apply to businesses – either in the U.S. or any other country – that are required to register with FDA as food facilities because they manufacture and/or process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S.
You must obey the FSVP rule. You should develop a Foreign Supplier Verification Program for each food you import and for each supplier you import from. The FSVPs should be based on risk analysis, the food and the supplier’s performance. These FSVPs should cover the supply chain of the food subject of import.