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"The good suppliers are going to get better, and the relationship
will get stronger. The bad suppliers are not going to comply,
and we're going to end up having to get rid of them."
Len Heflich, Innovation for Success
planet, so you can't expect their government to have a
good food safety program," Mr. Heflich said. "If I have
suppliers in Guatemala and in West Germany and
do my risk assessment, I'm probably going to say that
the one in Guatemala is the one that is a higher risk than
the one in Germany, so I'm going to focus on it more."
FDA ruled that four countries - Canada, New Zealand,
Australia and the Netherlands - have a food safety program equivalent to FDA, which means they are exempt
from most of the FSVP requirements and will have an
easier time with imports. However, that doesn't mean those
FSVP importers don't have to ensure compliance, Mr.
Heflich said. These countries are simply low-risk. "We have
bad companies in the US, so just the fact that we have FDA
here doesn't guarantee a manufacturer's food safety," he said
Some companies will look at a supplier and decide
it's not worth the time or money to verify and maintain
compliance. On the flip side, some suppliers will say they
don't want to change their food safety procedures for the
sake of another country's regulations. With the FSVP rule,
these decisions strongly affect the supply chain.
"The good suppliers are going to get better, and the
relationship will get stronger," Mr. Heflich said. "The
bad suppliers are not going to comply, and we're going to
end up having to get rid of them."
FSVP makes FSMA an even greater gamechanger.
Statistics state that the US imports more food than any
other country on Earth. According to USDA, more than
190 countries export food products to the US, which
means FSVP affects all of them.
"This is not a national law," Mr. Hugo said about the
latest rule. "Once that sinks in, you see the magnitude of
FSMA. What we call Food Safety Modernization Act is
really a worldwide law."
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