What is FSVP?

The FSVP Stands for Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). It is an FDA regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that ensures imported food meets U.S. safety standards. It requires importers to verify their foreign suppliers’ compliance through hazard ...

What is FSVP

The FSVP Stands for Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). It is an FDA regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that ensures imported food meets U.S. safety standards. It requires importers to verify their foreign suppliers’ compliance through hazard analysis, risk evaluation, verification activities, corrective actions, and record-keeping. This program aims to prevent food safety issues, ensuring the safety of the U.S. food supply.

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Overview of FDA FSVP Requirements​

FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals.

About the Final FDA Rule

The FSVP rule requires importers to perform risk-based foreign supplier verification activities to verify that:

  • The food is produced in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as section 418 (concerning hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls) or 419 (concerning standards for the safe production and harvesting of certain fruits and vegetables that are raw agricultural commodities (RACs) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 350g and 350h), if applicable;
  • The food is not adulterated under section 402 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 342); and
  • The human food is not misbranded under section 403(w) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 343(w)) (concerning food allergen labeling).

The final rule went into effect on January 26, 2016.

What do I need to do for FSVP?​

Importers must perform a hazard analysis for the imported food product/ingredient and have an HACCP plan for their imported food or get verification that their customer who is buying the product/ingredient has their own HACCP which would control any of the inherent food safety hazards. 

  • You must determine what the food safety hazards are.
  • Determine the risk associated with the food based on a hazard analysis, and the foreign supplier’s process.
  • Use the information gathered about the hazards surrounding the food and the supplier’s process, to approve suppliers through verification procedures.
  • Perform corrective actions at each critical control point to ensure safe food.

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Saro Loucks is the Director of Content and a Food Safety Advisor for FoodReady. Saro is certified in HACCP and a trained SQF Practitioner. When Saro is not editing, writing, or advising new customers on what food safety goals they should pursue, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking gluten-free sourdough bread, and playing Mahjong.
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