Food for Thought: Understanding FDA's Proposed Rules for Importers of Food and Dietary Supplements and How They May Impact Your Business

With approximately 15% of all food consumed in the United States coming from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has renewed its focus on imported food safety and now seeks to place risk-based preventive controls squarely on the importing community. On July 29, 2013, FDA published proposed rules entitled Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and Accreditation of Third Parties to Conduct Food Safety Audits and For Other Related Purposes. These rules seek to implement a key aspect of FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and complement the proposed Preventive Controls for Human Food and proposed Produce Safety Rules. If you are an importer of food and dietary supplement products, take notice. As proposed, these rules define new obligations for ensuring that food is safely imported into the U.S.

Comments on these Proposed Rules are actively solicited by the FDA. If you want to shape how these rules may be finalized, contact us to discuss how your comments may be submitted and reviewed by FDA before the November 26, 2013 deadline.

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