My food blogger email this morning consists of this pitch to promote The Wine Enthusiast Music Issue. “Is it any surprise that the worlds of wine and music mix?" Get excited for celebrity pairings of wine and music...
Comment to the FDA from the Consumer Federation of America over the Foreign Supplier Verification proposed rule.
From that comment, an excerpt that makes it clear importers would be even more burdened if CFA has its way:
CFA generally supports FDA’s proposed Foreign Supplier Verification Program. The following four points highlight key issues raised in CFA’s comments on the proposed rule. However, CFA provides comments on numerous other provisions in the proposal where changes should be made to better protect consumers.
1. CFA strongly supports Option 1 which would require importers to conduct onsite audits of foreign suppliers for hazards for which there is a reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequence or death to humans or animals. This will provide the greatest protection for consumers from contaminated food.
2. FDA should not exempt importers from FSVP requirements even if they import food from a country with an officially recognized food safety system. Regardless of the source of the food, the importer should have to implement and maintain a FSVP to assure the safety of the supply chain.
3. Importers should consider hazards that may be intentionally introduced, particularly for foods or regions in which it is generally known that economic adulteration occurs.
4. FDA should delete the definitions of very small importer and very small foreign supplier. Congress did not provide for exemptions for these entities in the import provisions of FSMA and they are likely duplicative with other provisions in the law.
Argentina lemon imports coming soon? Perhaps not, but the USDA has issued a draft pest risk assessment for Argentina lemon imports. That means that imports of Argentina lemons are closer, at least.