CFIA Notice to Industry: U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program

April 13, 2018

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. issued a final regulation requiring U.S. importers to establish Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) to verify that food imported into the U.S. has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. The FSVP regulations apply to all foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with some exceptions.

Canada and the U.S. have a Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement (FSSRA). The FSVP rule allows U.S. importers to meet modified requirements for food covered under the FSSRA that they import from Canadian manufacturers if the food is not intended for further processing.Under these modified requirements, rather than verifying that Canadian suppliers meet applicable U.S. safety standards, importers will verify that their suppliers are in regulatory good standing with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The CFIA will implement measures to help Canadian exporters demonstrate they are in good regulatory standing with the CFIA once the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into force.

The proposed SFCR will enable the CFIA to identify Canadian food manufacturers that operate in good regulatory standing to support the modified FSVP requirements.

In the meantime, trade in foods regulated by the FDA may still proceed. Canadian food businesses should work with their U.S. importers and provide any information about the food safety controls that they follow to meet Canadian regulatory requirements when requested.

The CFIA strongly encourages all Canadian food businesses to enroll at My CFIA to access online services, and to be ready to meet the proposed SFCR licensing requirements when the regulations come into force.

Find more detailed information here.

Source: CFIA


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