January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019

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FDA 2018 Year in Review: Food

Developments in 2018

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 amended the FDCA to require persons who import food to the United States to perform risk-based foreign supplier verification activities. The activities are for the purpose of verifying that:

  • Food is produced in compliance with hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control requirements, or in compliance with standards for the safe production and harvesting of certain fruits and vegetables that are raw agricultural commodities.

  • Food is not adulterated.

  • Food is not misbranded.

The FSMA amendments also directed FDA to issue regulations on the content of foreign supplier verification programs (FSVP). These regulations were finalized in November 2015 (see 21 CFR §§ 1.500 and 1.514). In January 2018, FDA published a number of guidance documents related to the FSVP, including:

Read more on FDA 2018 Year in Review.

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