Costco approved as first participant in FSMA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

USA – The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Costco Wholesale Corporation as the first participant in the FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) under the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).  VQIP is a voluntary fee-based program that provides importers, who achieve and maintain control over the safety and security of their supply chains, expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the US. FDA said that Costco has successfully demonstrated management of the safety and security of its supply chain. According to the…

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FDA launches new tool to help monitor food safety system

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a Food Safety Dashboard designed to track the impact of the seven foundational rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), measure the progress and inform refining of its implementation. The dashboard is available as part of the FDA-TRACK program, the FDA’s agency-wide performance management system. The agency has unveiled initial metrics that begin to track outcomes for three FSMA rules in the areas of inspections and recalls including Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls”…

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