Our FSVP Agent will help your food facilities comply with FDA regulations and be ready for an FDA inspection. Our Food Safety Regulatory Specialists have everything needed to help you navigate FDA food safety regulations, respond to FDA enforcement actions, and achieve compliance. We provide services for manufacturers, exporters, foreign importers, and food, beverages, and dietary supplement suppliers.
Importers must verify that their foreign suppliers produce food using processes and procedures that meet U.S. safety standards.
Importers must analyze the hazards associated with each food product they import. This includes evaluating biological, chemical, physical, and radiological hazards.
Importers must conduct an evaluation of their foreign supplier’s performance and the risk posed by the food.
If hazards are identified, importers must take corrective actions to ensure the food is not adulterated or misbranded and, if applicable, take appropriate action to prevent recurrence.
Importers are required to reassess the risk posed by each foreign supplier at least every three years, or when there is a significant change in the supplier’s production process or in the importer’s own procedures.
Importers must maintain records documenting their compliance with FSVP requirements. These records should be readily available for inspection by the FDA.
Importers must ensure that individuals who develop and perform the FSVP are qualified to do so, including receiving appropriate training.
Importers must provide specific information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when filing entries for the food, including their DUNS number, which identifies them as the importer of record.
Importers can also participate in VQIP, a voluntary fee-based program that provides expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States.
If your business imports food products into the United States, you likely need an FSVP Agent. This requirement applies to a wide range of companies, including: