Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

Food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food for distribution in the U.S. and that are required to register with FDA under sec. 415 of the FD&C Act are mandated to have a written food safety plan. These rules (21 CFR 117.1) apply to domestic food processors and countries who export to the United States. Since the focus of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to prevent contamination rather than primarily react to problems as they occur, the intent of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) is to verify that all foods distributed in the U.S. provide the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls and produce safety regulations, if applicable, and the food is not adulterated or misbranded with respect to allergen labeling.     To protect foods from farm to table during transportation, the Sanitary Transportation rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices when transporting food. Food safety training of carrier personnel engaged in transportation operations is required when the carrier and shipper have agreed in a written contract that the carrier is responsible, in whole or in part, for the sanitary conditions during transportation. Such carriers are required to establish and maintain records documenting the training of operations personnel.       <a href="">View the event PDF</a>.