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Course Description:

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the new role that the U.S. Congress has defined for food importers under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA).  FSMA adds many new requirements to improve the safety of human and animal food.  The most important regulation for food importers and foreign suppliers is the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs regulation (FSVP rule).  The course will focus on explaining the requirements of the FSVP rule, and how you as an importer or foreign supplier can go about complying with those requirements.  The course materials include all slides, lesson content, resource materials, and exercises.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the purpose (s) of the FSVP rule.
  2. Explain how to develop an FSVP plan.
  3. Describe how to implement an FSVP.
  4. Describe how to implement an FSVP recordkeeping system.
  5. Summarize FDA oversight.


Who Should Attend?

  1. US food importers – means the U.S. owner or consignee of an article of food that is being offered for import into the United States.
  2. Foreign Suppliers – means exporter that manufactures/processes or grows the food that is exported to the United States.
  3. Individuals that oversee the import/export of food into the US – except for meat, dairy, certain processed egg products, or catfish (Siluriformes spp.) regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Course Outline

Day 1                 Registration, Sign-in, Book Distribution, Coffee (starts 8:30 am)

                           Welcome and Introductions

Preface              Introduction to the FSVP Course

Chapter 1          Context: FSMA and FSVP

Chapter 2          Setting the Stage: Building the Foundation for the FSVP Process and Chapter 2 Exercise

Chapter 3          Overview of the Requirements


Chapter 3          Overview of Requirements (continued) and Chapter 3 Exercise

PCPS                  Preventive Controls and Produce Safety Session

                           Questions, Expectations for Day 2, and Adjourn (5:00 pm)


Day 2  

Chapter 4          Hazard Analysis and Chapter 4 Exercise (start at 8:30 am)

Chapter 5          Evaluation and Approval of Foreign Supplier

Chapter 6          Foreign Supplier Verification

Chapter 7          Reevaluation of Foreign Supplier Performance and Food Risk, and Taking Corrective Actions


Chapter 8          Importer Identification at Entry

Chapter 9          Importance of Records and Chapter 9 Exercise

Chapter 10        FDA Oversight

                           Questions and Closing Remarks, Course Evaluation/Certificates (5:00 pm)


Presenter:   Quintin Gray

Quintin has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry including working as an Agriculture Counselor in U.S. Embassies in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia.  Earlier this year he worked in the Dominican Republic and China to help companies meet FSVP requirements.   He is a Lead Instructor with an extraordinary capability to make complex materials appear simple.