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Food Supplier Verification Program Update

On May 27, 2017, the FDA began implementing their Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). As the central feature of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FSVP is intended to verify foreign suppliers and the safety of the food they produce.

Under the FSVP program, the importer is responsible for establishing foreign supplier verification programs to verify that their foreign suppliers are using safe processing and procedures to ensure the food is not adulterated or misbranded.

On January 4, 2018, the FDA announced that they will enforce food contact substances under FSVP at their discretion. The FSVP importer must be identified on all ACE entry documents. In order to update our records and report accurate information, we need the following information emailed to as soon as possible:

FSVP Importer Name:

FSVP Importer DUNS#:

Qualified Food Safety Contact Person:

Email address:

Phone number: 

The following FDA links are intended to help Importers and Food Producers understand and effectively implement the FSMA regulations.

A draft guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule

A Small Entity Compliance Guide on the FSVP rule

A draft guidance on the term “Same Level of Public Health Protection” used in both the FSVP and Produce Safety regulations

Chapter 15 of the draft Preventive Controls for Human Food guidance regarding Supply-Chain requirements

Enforcement Discretion guidance regarding the application of FSVP to certain importers of grain raw agricultural commodities (RACs)
If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Pelaez at (305) 470-4363.