The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report focused on the implementation of import safety programs under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs), Accredited Third-Party Certification, and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP).
The report provides the following information:
- Members of industry want help in understanding what is required under the FSMA provisions, including clearer and more concise information from the FDA.
- Small importers and food producers are at a higher risk of failing to comply with FSVP.
- Importers will likely consider cost, return on investment and effort necessary to participate when deciding whether or not to sign up for VQIP, which will provide expedited clearance to qualified participants.
This report is based from 350 importers, food producers, and foreign and industry association representatives that shared their opinions on the new FSMA.
The report is released on September 2, 2016.