FSMA-FSVP Certification: An Overview
Food Safety Modernization Act
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a set of rules that give the FDA new authority to regulate how foods are grown, harvested, and processed. The act mandates that the foods imported from foreign countries have high standards to meet domestic food requirements. FSMA has 7 Preventive Control Rules for Food, including Produce Safety Rule, FSVP Rule, Accredited Third-Party Certification, Sanitary Transportation Rule, Intentional Adulteration Rule, and Complying with FSMA.
Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulated by the FDA mandates that importers perform specific risk-based activities to ascertain that food imported to the USA is produced in a manner that meets applicable US safety standards. FSVP is similar to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in Canada which verifies and proves to the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that the food Canadian importers import meets regulations and standards.