Food & Beverages | Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Under the FSMA, effective January 4, 2013, importers must verify the safety of the food offered for import using the new Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). (The requirement doesn't apply to firms that import products from foreign suppliers subject to low-acid canned food regulations, seafood or juice HACCP.) Under this plan, every subject importer must establish a program through which it verifies that its foreign supplier complies with HARPC or Standards for Produce Safety, and also verifies that that the food is not adulterated and misbranded because it fails to disclose the presence of major food allergens.

Importers must maintain records for two years that substantiate compliance with this requirement. Importers that fail to comply with this verification program violate FDCA and are prohibited from importing food into the United States.