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The rule ensures that imported foods meet the same level of food safety standards that are required of food produced in the U.S.
The rule gives the U.S. importer the responsibility of verifying that its foreign suppliers are doing what they need to do to meet those requirements.
Importers share responsibility with foreign suppliers to ensure safety of food imported into the U.S.
FSVP requirements are risk-based (according to types of food, types of hazards, and supplier performance).
Importers have flexibility in how they meet requirements.
"...If there is no U.S. owner or consignee of an article of food at the time of U.S. entry, the importer is the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner or consignee at the time of entry, as confirmed in a signed statement of consent to serve as the importer under this subpart." [21 CFR part 2, Subpart L, 1.500 Definitions]
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