It’s recommended that the U.S. FDA continue to include customs brokers in its FSVP update sessions.
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What are the Next Steps?
There are modified requirements designed specifically for the very small importer and small foreign supplier. Although FSVP exempts the food from certain FSVP requirements, buyers are continuing to ask for a food safety plan prior to the purchase of the food or food ingredient. This is a reasonable request. Any processor can make people sick, regardless of the company size. When a buyer asks for a food safety plan, the seller produces a food safety plan. Thus, as a trainer, I advocate not depending on exemptions and modified requirements when food safety is concerned. Having a working food safety plan is not only good manufacturing practice but also good business.
Dr. Saulo is a professor and extension specialist in food technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Reach her at email@example.com.