The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration is requiring all non-exempt food facilities, whether foreign or domestic, to register or renew their facilities by December 31, 2022, or their registrations will expire. ASC Software has compiled the following information snippets to help food manufacturers, suppliers, and warehouses to meet the FDA food facility registration deadline and remain compliant.
Why is food facility registration important?
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, later amended by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) in 2011, requires food facility registration and renewals every other year for food safety purposes. Registration provides critical information to the FDA to help identify the location and possible source of food-borne illness outbreaks or possible bioterrorism occurrences, should they arise. Food facilities that do not register by the deadline will have their imports denied entry into the U.S. and domestic exports will be denied.
Who must register or renew with the FDA?
According to the FDA, owners, operators, or agents in charge of a domestic or foreign facility engaged in the manufacture/processing, packing, or holding of food for human or animal consumption in the U.S., are required to register their facility.
How do I renew my FDA registration?
Per recently updated FDA requirements most food manufacturing companies and warehouses must complete their registration renewal online through the FDA’s portal. An FDA Industry System (FIS) account is required to access program resources.
What information does the FDA require?
According to an article by international law firm Harris Bricken, all renewing food facilities are required to furnish a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI). The only facility identifier the FDA recognizes in this connection is the Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS number that is specifically assigned and managed by Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number associated with the PHYSICAL location of the food facility MUST be provided during renewal and the FDA will no longer offer flexibility. You can retrieve your DUNS number through the D&B Import Safety Lookup Portal.
The FDA requires that the name and contact information on the food facility registration must EXACTLY match the DUNS number contact information. The two must be an exact match to every character, otherwise, the FDA registration will be rejected.
Where can I get more information about FDA food facility registration?
Interested food warehouses and manufacturers can find more information about registration renewal from the FDA’s Food Facility Registration User Guide: Step-by-Step Instructions for Registration page.
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