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Overview of FDA's Proposed Rule to Implement FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals



by Deborah C. Attwood
Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office

Melvin S. Drozen
Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office

Evangelia C. Pelonis
Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office

August 9, 2013

Previously published on August 1, 2013

On July 29, 2013, FDA published its long-awaited proposed rule to implement the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This proposed rule establishes the verification activities that importers of food must undertake to ensure that the food they bring into the United States is safe. Importers must work with their foreign suppliers to assure that foreseeable hazards resulting from the manufacturing, processing, packaging, and holding of food are appropriately addressed so as to provide the same level of public health protection as required under the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) (Section 418 of the FD&C Act) and produce safety provisions (Section 419 of the FD&C Act).


 

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