FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) require importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. More specifically, FSVP requires that importers verify that their suppliers are producing food using processes and procedures that offer the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls requirements in the Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules and the Produce Safety Rule, and that the food is not adulterated and properly labeled with respect to allergens. As the program progresses, FDA remains committed to fulfilling its public health mission. Through continuous monitoring, FDA targets high-risk products and supply chains to ensure the efficient use of resources and the most impactful FSVP inspections.
With regard to the recently recalled, lead-contaminated applesauce packages that have caused lead poisoning among dozens of children, Jim Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently shared that the agency’s leading theory is economically motivated adulteration of cinnamon used in the products.
The UK Government has published guidances for EU and non-EU countries about risk categories and requirements for animals and animal products imported to Great Britain under the new Border Target Operating Model.
As an outbreak of a zoonotic disease in Paraguay has been resolved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a final rule to allow the importation of fresh beef from the country under certain conditions, beginning December 14, 2023.
On September 13, at the third annual executive meeting of the Food Safety Partnership (FSP) between the U.S. and Mexico, federal regulatory agencies from both countries reported continued progress in strengthening food safety.
The UK Government has delayed the introduction of new food import controls under the Border Target Operating Model (TOM) to the end of January 2024, postponing the requirement for the inspection and certification of medium- and high-risk animal products and produce entering the country.
On August 24, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a Regulatory Partnership Arrangement (RPA) with Ecuador’s Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (VMAF) to strengthen the food safety of Ecuadorian shrimp intended for sale in the U.S. market.