The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step towards ensuring the accuracy of its inventory of importers responsible for meeting the requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule.
Establishing risk-based preventive controls enables you to apply a proactive and systematic approach to your food safety program through the establishment of preventive controls designed to protect your food products, and the consumer, from biological, chemical (including radiological), and physical hazards.
The regulatory framework to determine if a business falls under the definition of “farm” depends mostly on certain denotations (i.e. “farm,” “mixed-type facility", including a “farm mixed-type facility”, “harvesting,” “packing,” “packaging,” “holding” and “manufacturing/processing”) which are identified within the regulation for Registration of Food Facilities (21 CFR part 1, subpart H)[see note].
This guidance is intended to assist industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff by recommending standards for accrediting third-party certification bodies for the voluntary third-party certification program established under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The guidance serves as a companion document to the implementing regulations in 21 CFR parts 1, 11, and 16 that establish the framework, procedures, and requirements for accreditation bodies and third-party certification bodies for this program.