Many U.S. importers are mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create Foreign Supplier Verification Systems (FSVPs) for all food products imported from overseas suppliers. Common misconceptions on when and how facilities can build FSVPs can lead to misconceptions. Failure to establish FSVPs will result in FDA intervention, including product detentions, importation prevention, and more. These occurrences may prove costly and negatively affect a brand. To assist in preventing these implications, let’s clear up a few FSVP myths.
Not everyone can go about writing an FSVP. FSVPs must be created by a “Qualified Individual,” according to FDA, who is “a person who has the requisite qualifications, preparation, and expertise to conduct the tasks required to fulfill the criteria of this subpart. This person is in charge of drafting and enforcing the FSVP, as well as evaluating the compliance history of imported goods, recognizing food risks, assessing and performing necessary inspection exercises, and distinguishing importers at entry.
The FSVP Importer is the U.S.-based owner or consignee of a package, according to FDA regulations. The person who when a food item comes into the United States, is the owner of the food, bought the food, has provided written documentation to buy the food, is identified by the FDA as the U.S. owner or consignee.
Any importer may think they may employ an agent to take on the role of FSVP Importer on their behalf. Importers can employ a third-party to produce and execute an FSVP on their behalf, but the importer is solely accountable for making sure they have one for each supplier’s commodity.
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