The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made available on Friday, November 13, 2015, the pre-publication version of a final rule implementing the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs [FSVP] for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals provision of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Despite previous assurances from the Agency, the FSVP rule does not exempt food contact substances from the substantive requirements of the new regulation. 

FDA stated in the final rule that the Agency does not consider it appropriate to exclude food-contact substances from the definition of "food" for FSVP purposes. The Agency cited to a lack of evidence that Congress intended to exclude food-contact substances from FSVP requirements in making this assertion.