Food Facilities Must Renew FDA Registration by December 31st

Registration is now open for food facilities, both foreign and domestic, that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States. Food facilities are able to register between October 1st and December 31st of this year. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), all foreign and domestic food facilities that handle food for consumption in the United States must renew their registration every two years.

The Food Safety Modernization Act was enacted to protect the security and integrity of the U.S. food supply chain. Under the FSMA, the Food and Drug Administration has the ability to hold imported food to the same standards as food produced domestically through the cooperation of local and state authorities. U.S. importers need to ensure that both their food facilities, as well as their foreign suppliers’ food facilities are registered in the U.S. as well. Further, all foreign suppliers need to enact preventative measures to protect the integrity and safety of their products in accordance with the U.S. FDA’s safety standards.

To register with the FDA click here.