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FDA Says Verification is the Key to FSMA’s Success

On November 5, 2014, Michael R. Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, posted an FDA Voice blog about the various ways FDA plans to keep food safe in the future.  He stated that the key to the success of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) paradigm is verification.

Taylor said that FDA would “use inspections and other means, including sampling and testing” to verify that food producers in the USA are working to prevent food safety problems.  As for food producers outside of the USA, FSMA is putting into place a new Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under which importers will be responsible for verifying that the foreign companies they buy from are conducting effective prevention activities.

FDA is also working to build relationships with foreign governments to verify that food safety standards are being met around the world.  For example, in July 2014, FDA partnered with Mexico’s SENASICA and COFEPRIS to establish practices that prevent contamination in fresh agricultural products.  FDA also seeks out countries with food safety systems that are overall comparable to systems in the United States. FDA currently has a “systems recognition agreement” with New Zealand and is working on agreements with Canada and Australia.

Registrar Corp can help companies verify that they are meeting FDA requirements for food and beverages sold in the United States. We can submit prior notice for a company’s shipments, review product labels to make sure they contain all the required elements, and more. To learn more about FSMA or the services we offer for food and beverage companies, contact Registrar Corp by phone at 1-757-224-0177 or online through our 24 hour Live Help service: http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.