What is the FSMA?
“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.” – FDA.Gov
How will the FSMA reform Food Safety?
To take a more proactive stance against food safety risks, several programs are broken up into “rules.” These rules are taken as in rules of law.
Final Rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) – FSVP is the most important rule for importers out of all the ones on this list. This mandates that Importers be food safety certified and can vouch for the quality of the food arriving per their trade route.
Final Rule for Preventative Controls for Human Food – This ruling is declared for food processing farms and plants across America to ensure there are proper preventative measures in places such as Hazard analysis and oversight management/prevention.
Final Rule for Produce Safety – The ruling that standardizes proper produce procurement and management. This is in place to ensure that all domestic vegetables are safely grown, harvested, packed, and safe for human consumption.
Final Rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification – This ruling is created for those who wish to pursue careers and employment opportunities in enforcing and auditing these standards.
How do these Affect me?
As importers and customs brokers, it is necessary to know everything you can about FSVP. This is a large reform meant to make food consumption healthier for Americans. This means widespread reform for the industry and world trade in general.
If you are a producer of American food, then odds are you’ve already adhered to the ruling because the only ruling here that is not yet fully implemented is FSVP.
If you are finding it difficult trying to determine if you need to be FSVP compliant or if you are having trouble becoming FSVP compliant, give us a call. We are working closely with the government to ensure that your imports are affected as little as possible, and we can help you out! Call us today!