The U.S. is a key contributor to the CODEX National Food Control Systems (NFCS) initiative, yet FDA appears to be ignoring it in the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) under FSMA - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm361902.htm. Little is said about NFCS in the proposed FSVP rule if it has even been mentioned or considered.
Private certification is already of little to no consequence in less privileged parts of the world. Yet food comes to the more affluent part from these less privileged regions. This calls for a different mobilization in addition to the Codex CCFICS and NFCS initiatives. It is the mobilization against inequality. It is the mobilization of collaboration where more affluent nations provide financial and technical assistance to the less privileged.
Posted by Felix Amiri