July 2016

FSMA Information for Importers and Exporters

U.S. food importers are responsible for verifying that their foreign suppliers have sufficient preventive measures in place to ensure that the food they produce is safe. Exporters shipping to the U.S. must have a food safety plan, starting with a hazard analysis, proper documentation and will be held accountable for meeting these requirements.

Added verification is required for foods considered high-risk, including fruits, vegetables and other ready-to-eat items. Imported foods failing to meet FSMA rules and standards can be denied entry into the U.S. The mandatory documentation is extensive, and for those new to food safety management, the new requirements can be overwhelming. NSF International is here to help. We have a 70-year track record of guiding the food industry through the ever-changing safety and regulatory landscape. Our global scope provides the perspective essential to understanding and meeting FSMA requirements.