FDA Importer Guide • Draft Guidance
FDA just recently published an easy FDA Importer Guide (Draft Guidance) and a Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Food Import Industry. These guides are specifically for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of food for animals and humans.
U.S. Importers are Responsible
U.S. importers are responsible that their suppliers use specific processes and procedures that provide the same level (or better) of public health protection as the United States’ FDA preventative controls or produce safety regulations.
Importers are also responsible to ensure that the suppliers’ food is not misbranded or misrepresented with respect to allergen labeling.
The Draft Guidance provides the FDA’s current thinking on how best to comply with these requirements.
The Small Entity Compliance Guide offers specific guidance on the modified procedures allowed for very small importers or importers of food from certain small foreign suppliers.
Currently all guidances are in draft form and are to be used a commenting purpose only, not implementation.
View the full list of FDA Guidance Documents here:
- A draft guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule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- A draft guidance on the term “Same Level of Public Health Protection” used in both the FSVP and Produce Safety regulations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)
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