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FSVP: As Compliance Date Nears, Key Facts for Importers

Constituent Update

May 26, 2017

The first major compliance date for importers covered by the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule arrives on May 30, 2017. FSVP is one of the seven foundational rules of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). A central tenet of that law is that the same preventive food safety standards apply to food consumed in the U.S., regardless of where the food is produced. FSVP achieves this by requiring importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards.

In a Q&A interview, Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine at FDA, explains what importers facing this May compliance date need to know and what’s ahead as FSVP implementation moves forward.

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