Food and Drug Administration: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals

On July 29, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register its proposed rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals as established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 78 Fed. Reg. 45729, July 29, 2013.  This proposed rule requires importers to conduct risk-based foreign supplier verification activities to verify that imported food is not, among other things, adulterated and that it was produced in compliance with FDA’s preventive controls or produce safety requirements, where applicable. 

 Under the proposed rule, importers would need to, among other things:

  • Maintain a list of their foreign suppliers
  • Create and follow written procedures for supplier verification activities
  • Review the results of verification activities and, if hazards are not adequately controlled, take appropriate corrective action

 The comment deadline is January 27, 2014.

  •  Advocacy contact: Linwood Rayford at 202-205-6533
  • The proposed rule and a Fact Sheet highlighting a quick summary of the key provisions of this proposed rule can be found at:  http://www.fda.gov/fsma.