The hazard analysis should consider all stages of food production, raw materials used, and the formulation of product, packaging, labeling, transportation and storage processes, sanitation and hygiene in processing facilities, and intended use of the end product.
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5. Becoming a verified supplier. The supplier can be verified through the evaluation of food risk and supplier performance. Based on this, the importer will have to develop supplier verification procedures that address all concerns and potential hazards.
When serious health hazards are feared, the importer can decide to conduct annual onsite audits of the supplier’s facilities. Adequate alternate arrangements might also be worked out provided they ensure that U.S. food safety requirements are met at the foreign supplier’s end.
Sampling and testing of the sample import products can also be completed to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. Regular review of the supplier’s food safety records should be completed.
FDA’s overall aim is to prevent illness outbreaks by putting in place stringent checks at critical points in the food chain before an imported food product reaches the hands of American consumers.
Montes is a digital content editor for Live Well Testing, San Diego, Calif., writing about food safety and ATP testing benefits in the food service industry. Reach her at email@example.com.