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Food Importers: How to Import Food Compliantly & Survive a FSVP Audit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now  auditing Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Importers to ensure they comply with the FSVP program. To date, over 92 warning letters have been issued against companies for FSVP violations. If your business is importing food into the U.S., or wants to start, our one-hour, NEI accredited, webinar on “Importing Food in Compliance with U.S. FDA & Surviving A FSVP Audit” will provide best practices and TOP tips to comply with FDA regulations and avoid, navigate, and mitigate any potential  FDA compliance action.

Register today to to hear directly from Senior Trade Advisor, Domenic Veneziano, DTL’s president, Jennifer Diaz, and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle, on the pathway to legally import food and best practices for surviving a FSVP audit.

Why Should I Register for this Webinar?
The FDA is actively enforcing its laws and regulations against non-compliant food importers, as seen by the 92 warning letters issued to food importers.  Importers of food are required to develop, maintain, and follow an FSVP for each food brought into the United States and the foreign supplier of that food. If the importer obtains a certain food from a few different suppliers, a separate FSVP would be required for each of those suppliers. Food importers must be aware of FDA’s various enforcement mechanisms, and more importantly,  how to avoid and/or mitigate such actions as FSVP is a top priority for the agency.  FDA’s most common enforcement activities include notices of FDA action, warning letters, import alerts, seizures, voluntary recalls, injunctions, and criminal prosecution.

In response to the increase in enforcement discussed below, Diaz Trade Law is hosting a NEI accredited webinar, Importing Food in Compliance with U.S. FDA and Surviving A FSVP Audit to train industry on top compliance tips to avoid enforcement, best practices in responding to various FDA enforcement, and tools to survive a FSVP audit.

Warning Letters issued in FY21:

With Fy21 yet to finish, the FDA is likely to continue issuing more warning letters for FSVP violations (currently 92) than it had issued in all of FY20 (50). Each firm that received a warning letter was under a Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) audit when the violations were identified.

Recalled Food and Cosmetic Products in 2021:

Since 2012 there have been a total of 21,451 food/cosmetic products recalled!  
There are a total of 918 ongoing food/cosmetic product recalls being performed by 255 companies. Don’t be one of them!

In this webinar, you will receive an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Presenters will discuss the requirements of the FSMA FSVP rule and its implications on US food importers and foreign suppliers. The objective of the webinar is to teach participants how to navigate FDA’s regulatory framework as well as to provide top tips for how to develop a FSVP plan and how to pass a FSVP Audit.

Suppliers, importers, distributors, and others engaged in the production or sale of imported food are encouraged to attend either live on September 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM, or on demand thereafter. Register Here

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