Three New FSMA Requirements Affect Supply Chain Issues

In order to assist importers and manufacturers in meeting the supply chain requirements of The Food Safety Modernization Act FSMA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a new section to their dashboard. The new addition will help those affected find any compliance and enforcement information for specific firms.

The FSMA now includes three requirements that deal with supply chain issues:  

  1. Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule
  2. Preventative Controls for Human Food
  3. Preventative Controls for Animal Food

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule requires importers to verify that their suppliers are meeting U.S. food safety standards. This can be done by confirming the suppliers are subject to FDA warning letters, import alerts, or other FDA compliance actions related to food safety.    

The Preventive Controls rule requires the manufacturers or processors to perform supplier approval, if the supplied ingredient contains a hazard subject to supply chain control. 

Importers and manufacturers can use the FDA supplier evaluation resources page within the dashboard to find information on their suppliers to meet these requirements. 

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