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FDA releases proposed FSMA rules on imported foods

The rules are aimed at preventing safety problems before foods arrive in the US instead of relying on port of entry inspections.

July 26, 2013
KEYWORDS food safety / FSMA / imports
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FDA released two proposed rules under FSMA focusing on the safety of imported foods. The proposals are designed to help prevent safety problems before imported foods arrive rather than relying on port of entry inspections to discover problems.

The Foreign Supplier Verification Rule would require suppliers to identify hazards associated with each food; conduct or obtain verification activities, which may include onsite auditing, sampling and testing, to assure that the identified hazards are being controlled; and take appropriate corrective action if hazards are not being adequately controlled.

The Accredited Third Party Audits and Certification Rule would establish a system for FDA to recognize third-party auditors or foreign food facilities. The auditors or facilities would conduct food safety audits and issue certifications that FDA may use in determining the safety of a food for import.

A 120-day public comment period is now open. More information is available at www.fda.gov/fsma.

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