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The Food and Drug Administration has added Global Standards S.C. as an approved certifier for companies seeking Food Safety Modernization Act requirements.

The FDA accreditation gives Mexico-based Global Standards S.C. the authority to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications under the FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, according to an FDA news release.

The company has been approved by the American National Standards Institute to certify for the Produce Safety Rule, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Juice Hazard Analysis and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, according to the release.

Certifications issued by Global Standards S.C. can be used by importers to establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, which offers expedited review for food entering the U.S., according to the release.

There are seven other certification bodies approved under the third-party certification program.

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