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FDA to Go Ahead with Meeting on FSVP, Third-Party Auditor Rules

Friday, October 18, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that its Oct. 22-23 meeting in Long Beach, Calif., on two recent food safety proposals will go ahead as scheduled. However, a similar Oct. 10-11 meeting in Miami was canceled and will not be rescheduled. The Long Beach meeting is the last one the FDA plans to hold during the proposed rules’ comment period, which expires Nov. 26.

The meeting is intended to solicit input and provide further information about the FDA’s recent proposed rules on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and the accreditation of third-party auditors. The FSVP proposal would establish requirements for importers to verify that their foreign suppliers are implementing the food safety practices called for by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The proposed rule on the accreditation of third-party auditors and certification bodies would strengthen the quality, objectivity and transparency of foreign food safety audits on which many U.S. food companies and importers rely to help manage the safety of their global food supply chains.

Interested parties can review implementation of the FSMA and analyze FDA regulations and requirements that will most directly impact food companies, food importers, foreign food exporters and service providers in the food supply chain, including the FSVP and third-party auditor rules, with a Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg on-demand webinar.

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