FSMA Supplier Verification Rule Affects Finished Supplement Importers
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Proposed FSMA rules would subject imported food products, including supplements, to the same safety standards as domestically produced food. The proposals are reminders that although supplement manufacturing is exempt from FSMA provisions redundant to GMP requirements, the act adds regulatory burdens for some firms.
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FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Michael Landa says rules for preventive controls for human food and the foreign supplier verification program are “in the final stages of review.” However, the rule for accreditation of third-party inspectors is stalled.
The Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients Work Group publishes a guide to help supplement firms qualify ingredient suppliers under FDA good manufacturing practices. But with only three out of five major industry associations involved, not everyone is on board with the SIDI efforts.