FSVP: A Panel Discussion on Tips for Implementation


The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) implementation is upon the food industry. FSVP represents a paradigm shift, as it is the first time that FDA has regulated food importers. The requirements under the new regulation are very detailed and record-intensive, likely necessitating careful attention by all food importers—including retailers, brokers, and food companies importing finished goods. Whether your company imports food ingredients and products or not, parts of FSVP could apply to you. Dr. Sanjay Gummalla will lead participants of this webinar through a panel discussion of developing, maintaining and following a verification program that ensure foods entering the market place are just as safe as foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s preventive controls and produce safety rules are. Get your questions answered on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) from industry and regulatory experts Laura Nelson of Alchemy Systems, and Dr. Hilary Thesmar of the Food Marketing Institute.

Key Takeaways:

  • Communication is key. For the FSVP regulation, FDA depends on supply chain partners communicating with each other. Be sure to communicate business arrangements, ownership information and responsibilities especially when multiple companies fit the definition of an importer.
  • Know your approved supplier. A supplier is a facility where hazards can be controlled. Review their documentation frequently and ensure they agree on what is a hazard and how to control it.
  • Be sure of your compliance date. Compliance dates vary from May 30, 2017 to July 27. 2020 based on the size of the foreign supplier, the nature of the importer and whether the foreign supplier must meet preventive controls and/or produce safety rules.
  • Know your limits for supplier verifications as you may need several assurances such as written, onsite audits, regulator audits, product testing, record reviews, supplier performance evaluation systems among others. Consider obtaining expert assistance.

By clicking “Watch the Webinar” you will receive the webinar recording, webinar podcast, and webinar slides.

 


Featured Panelists


Jeff Chilton, VP of Professional Services at Alchemy

Laura Dunn Nelson, Vice President of Food Safety & Global Alliances at Alchemy

Laura Dunn Nelson brings over 30 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, food service, and retail operations. Laura has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their food and workplace safety programs. She has also assisted food companies in the successful implementation of good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality assurance, and HACCP programs.

Peter Claise, Marketing Director, Foods Programs US Pharmacopeia

Hilary Thesmar, PhD, SVP, Food Marketing Institute 

Hilary is responsible for supervising food safety programs, initiatives, activities and resources for FMI and its members. She represents FMI to a wide group of stakeholders and professionals, including various governmental, congressional, scientific, consumer and industry audiences on issues related to food safety and government regulatory compliance. Under Hilary’s direction, the FMI food safety team also recently updated and created several critical resources, including a Food Allergen Resource Document, a Listeria Action Plan for Retailers, and a sample FSMA Distribution Center Food Safety Plan to assist with Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

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