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Importers, Are You Ready? the Due Date Is Around the Corner

June 13, 2017

The FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) due date is almost here for those importers who did not fall under a previous deadline. FDA has determined that March 18, 2018 is the deadline for companies with less than 500 full time equivalent employees. The prior deadline for companies with over 500 full time equivalent employees was May 31, 2017.

The FSVP is a program that importers covered by the rule must have in place to verify that their foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls or produce safety regulations, as appropriate, and to ensure that the supplier's food is not adulterated and is not misbranded with respect to allergen labeling.

At Capote Law Firm, we can guide your company and help implement the program to ensure compliance with the FSVP rule. Our FSVP program is tailored to your company. We create, implement, manage and/or train someone to manage as per your company's unique requirements.

Importers are required to (1) identify and evaluate hazards in the foods they import; (2) evaluate supplier's performance and the risk presented by the food; (3) conduct supplier verification activities; (4) perform corrective actions; (5) re-evaluate and reassess the FSVP program periodically; and (6) document everything.

Remember the deadline of March 2018 your company must have a fully implemented foreign supplier verification program. These programs take approximately 6 months to fully implement, depending on the amount of suppliers and food products covered.

There are additional deadlines and Capote Law Firm can provide you an analysis on your company's specific deadlines to ensure compliance.

We can provide you flat fee pricing on this program, taking the guess work out of your budget.

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