The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) application portal on Jan. 1, 2020, for the benefit period between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. VQIP provides expedited review and importation of human foods into the United States for participating importers who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains. The portal will remain open until May 31, 2020.
Benefits for approved VQIP importers include the following:
Among the VQIP eligibility requirements, importers must ensure that the foreign suppliers are certified through the FDA Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. Qualified importers may submit their Notice of Intent to Participate and their completed VQIP applications via the FDA Industry Systems website.
Once approved, VQIP importers are required to pay the FY2021 annual fee that covers the costs associated with the agency’s administration of the program. The user fee rates are calculated each fiscal year and are posted in a Federal Register notice on or before August 1.
To facilitate the distribution of food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance document to provide restaurants and food manufacturers with flexibility regarding nutrition labeling of certain packaged food.
The mandated restaurant dine-in closures that took effect across most of the United States beginning the week ending March 22 took a toll on U.S. restaurant transactions, reports The NPD Group.
The USDA is taking immediate action to assist the American egg industry in redistributing the current inventory of safe, high-quality table eggs from foodservice warehouses to retail distribution to support the surge in consumer demand for this staple food.
Despite consuming fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and more whole grains, most American children and adolescents still eat poorly, according to a study published in JAMA.
“A Star is Born” is one of the Innova Market Insights top 10 trends for 2020, highlighting how the food industry continues to experiment with novel and unusual ingredients in order to move them into the mainstream.