The Food Safety Modernization Act is the largest change the food industry has seen since the inception of FDA and it is also applicable to pet foods and animal feed. FSMA legislation strengthens the safety of the U.S. food supply by requiring preventative controls at all levels, from the grower, supplier, manufacturer, distributor, importer and so on.
The question of which FSMA rules apply is a critical one for the food industry. The answer depends on what functions operate within the company – from grower to manufacturer to distributor to supplier; and each category has industry-specific rules which apply. EAS provides auditing services which consist of a thorough company review and assessment of which FSMA rules must be met, which documents, policies and procedures require updates as well as a regulatory pathway for meeting detailed demands of FSMA.
FSMA places the responsibility on importers to verify that the food products they import are in full compliance with FDA requirements. The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) which is designed to assist in the ease of entry of food shipments for companies meeting certain rigid requirements. EAS assists importers in a wide variety of areas and can provide a conduit of information between the agency and company.