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FSVP | Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Attention Food Importers!

Are you a US Food Importer who requires assistance with the development and implementation of a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)? Under FSMA, US importers must ensure that imported foods meet the same food safety standards that are required of food produced in the U.S.

Step 1.

You will first need to consult the FDA flow chart to identify whether your business qualifies for full or modified FSVP requirements. In order to facilitate this process, we welcome you to consult the FSVP decision tree wizard from our partners at 3i Verify. If you determine that you must comply, in full, with the FSVP requirements and if you are a small business (< 500 employees), you will have until March 19, 2018 or 6 months after your foreign suppliers meet the Preventive Control Rule for Human Foods to comply. You will also have to obtain a DUNS number, a unique facility identifier acceptable by FDA to be fully compliant.

How can Sirocco help with FSVP?

Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting is PCQI-approved and able to work with you and your foreign suppliers to develop your FSVP plan. We are trained food safety experts who will:

  • Evaluate the risk posed by the imported food product,
  • Assess your foreign supplier’s food safety performance,
  • Approve your foreign suppliers,
  • Develop and monitor supplier verification activities including corrective actions,
  • Maintain your FSVP plan.

Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting is partnering with 3i Verify to help you meet the FDA FSVP requirements. 3iVerify is an easy-to-use cloud-based FDA FSMA compliance portal that ensures you are doing what’s needed to comply with FDA rules on food safety and save time and money.

Client Testimonial of FSVP with Sirocco!

“We worked with Sirocco Food & Wine Consulting to get our FSVP. Karine was great to work with. She was very helpful and always got back to us promptly with any questions we had. I would recommend Sirroco to anyone working on getting their FSVP.” – Doug Williamson, President, Sun-Green USA

What are the benefits of 3iVerify Food Management Software?

Proven Compliance, Fast – Risk assessments, procedures, records and approvals are in one location. Documents are approved by qualified and authorized users. Electronic documents may be readily shared with those who are granted access.

Save Time – Data entry is made easy with the use of detailed supplier and product questionnaires that feed into your FSVP plan. Updates to existing plans, procedures and product specifications are easily uploaded and your FSVP plan updated at the push of a button. The dashboard allows you to visually monitor your key compliance indicators, which gives you the ability to respond quickly and track unapproved documents and incomplete questionnaires.

Change Management Made Easy – the app keeps track of expiry dates and flag items that require updating and follow-up. Authorized users receive an alert with a link and a request to follow up.

Stream Lined Communication – the app enables two-way feedback which fast tracks supplier approval and FSVP compliance.

Paperless System – you no longer need to print hundreds of documents.

100% Audit-Ready – your compliance can be audited in real time. You are able to respond to FDA inquiries within hours.

Get help setting up your FSVP program!

Allow Sirocco’s PCQI experts to help you set up your FSVP program and save money on administration time and chasing suppliers for information. Watch the video below to find out how our food safety experts have built you a supplier and raw materials approval and management system with you in mind.

What Clients Are Saying

We would like to express how grateful we are to have found Sirocco Consulting. We were a week away from our first ever SQF desk audit when we decided to purchase the SQF Templates Bundle from Sirocco. We had about 60% of our procedures in place but were able to rely on Sirocco’s template to cover the rest. The SOPs and Forms provided by Sirocco were detailed and covered all requirements of the SQF code.  We did not have any non-conformities on procedures that we implemented using the templates provided by Sirocco. After the desk audit we continued to work with Karine. A month and a half later we passed our first SQF site audit with only 6 minor non-conformities. This would not have been possible without Sirocco Consulting. Thank you from the team at Blue Ocean.
I would like to take this opportunity to express how very satisfied I was to receive and work with the Sirocco SQF bundle.  What a time saver! The templates are very easy to use and adjust to make your own. They saved me countless hours of work, guiding me through the necessary steps and gave my program a cohesive professional look. One can become overwhelmed with the volumes of paperwork that is needed for SQF and HACCP.  The Sirocco SQF bundle definitely lightened that load and combined with Karine's expertise, I couldn't be happier. Highly recommended.
I am very happy with the service Sirocco provided us. Karine and Sean are amazing food scientists/experts!  They are super knowledgeable and respond in such a timely manner when I need the support urgently with my seafood business. I cannot thank them enough for their help. Highly recommended!

Karine, […] I just wanted to thank you for the work you did on our PCP [plan]. We were audited by CFIA in November and did very well.

We were in a situation that required that we get an SQF Certification in a very short period of time. Sirocco Consulting provided us with the templates we needed and talked us through the process. No doubt without them we could not have achieved receiving our certification in the allotted time. Karine was our consultant and she made the process understandable and much less daunting than it would have been otherwise. I highly recommend Sirocco Consulting to any company that needs a third-party audit. It was one of the best investments we made in our trek to become third-party certified. We are counting on significant return on investment having achieved this milestone in our growth. Thanks Sirocco!
When we decided to implement the SQF program in our facility we knew we would have to develop a lot of new procedures and forms. We reached out to Karine Lawrence of Sirocco Consulting and with her guidance and templates, we were able to smoothly implement the code. The template package was very complete and easy to follow; each document made reference to the element of the code being covered making it easy to track our progress and if we had any questions Karine was quick to answer and provide examples. We had our desk audit recently and the auditor was happy to see how complete our documentation was, the template package and Karine’s support were key in this accomplishment.
“Thank you” very much for being with us for conducting the “Basic Sensory Science” Training here at Silver Spring Foods on the 27th September 2019. It was a great pleasure meeting with you and working with you during the course of the workshop and It was indeed a great training session. [...]It was great that our teams had the opportunity to screen the basic characteristic of the food products and along with our own range of product samples. We were very delighted the way that you presented the training and conducted the sample screenings during the session. Once again Thanking You for the job well done and for providing Certificates of Accomplishments to our Teams!
I would like to express my gratitude to my instructor Karine Lawrence, for dedicating her valuable time and energy into the FSPCA (Preventive Controls for Human Food) workshop which I attended in Toronto. The workshop was extremely informative. The teaching method, contents, and the combination of presentations and assignments were in a perfect accordance with the objectives of the workshop, as it addressed all my questions and the ambiguities that I had in my mind before the meeting. I believe that the enthusiasm and positive responses of all participants to the workshop were a reflection of usefulness and credibility of Karine’s performance during the event as well as the importance of the presented topics throughout the workshop.
I am writing this testimonial to express my gratitude to Karine Lawrence from Sirocco Food + Wine Consulting. We started our SQF implementation using the Sirocco SQF templates last August (2019) and just passed SQF 8.1 stage 1 and 2 audits on October and December. The templates are professionally written and the implementation was very easy. I highly recommend the Sirocco Consulting Templates. Thank you very much Karine.
I would like to thank both of you for organizing & presenting this informative valuable training for Food Industry Professionals within the QA Sector. With the SFCR enactment recently, I have gained valuable insight on the expectations of CFIA along with the opportunities & grants  that are available from the “Post - Farm Food Safety Program through your presentation.
Also, Ketki’s presentation on compliance with the FSMA-“Foreign Supplier Verification” gave me valuable information on the expectations of the “Importer” from the “supplier” with regards to pertinent documents associated to food products being exported to the US.
Thanks once again  for all you support.
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