NEI Webinar Demystifies FSMA and the FSVP
As of May 30, 2017, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) started to impact the importation of foods into the USA. Reports indicate that FDA and CBP are holding food shipments because of FSVP noncompliance by the FSVP "Importer.” Yet for private U.S. Custom Brokers and Agents that manage the importation paperwork all the time, some assumed incorrectly that the FSVP "Importer" was the same as the U.S. CBP "Importer of Record" or the "U.S. Agent.” In addition, the FSVP "Importer" is required to have in a physical location in the USA and current records demonstrating that the true "Foreign Supplier" of the food (party that manufactured, packed or held the food outside the USA) is compliant with all FSMA requirements. These compliance records are required to be kept current and managed by an FSVP "Qualified Individual" with some food safety qualifications (education, work history or both). There are many mysteries for this new FDA regulatory program. A few include:
- How does an importer correctly complete the new FSVP-based data fields in the U.S. CBP electronic submission software?
- What specific records are required for the FSVP "Importer" to have on hand to document that the FSVP Foreign Supplier is compliant with FSMA?
- How much education and experience is enough to satisfy the FDA regarding the "Qualified Individual" responsible for managing such Foreign Supplier records?
Join Allen Sayer, Senior Director for Food and Cosmetic Consulting Services at EAS for answers to these and many other questions during this informative webinar July 25 from 1 to 2 pm ET!