Hampton, Virginia (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
On February 6, 2013, members of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) participated in a conference call with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the U.S. Food Facility Registration Renewal period. Two representatives from the FDA, Ted Poplawski from FDA/DIOP and Erwin Miller from FDA/CFSAN Compliance, provided information to members of the seafood industry and answered many of their questions. During the call, FDA confirmed that the Food Facility Registration Renewal period has closed. Companies who were required to renew their registration, but failed to do so, must re-register with the FDA.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates most food and beverage products sold in the United States. Companies selling these products must meet very specific requirements set forth by the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which was originally passed by the U.S. Congress in 1938 and has subsequently been amended by Acts such as the Bioterrorism Act in 2002 and more recently by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011.
FSMA requires food facilities to register with the U.S. FDA and to renew their registrations during the period of October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year. However, in December 2012, FDA issued guidance stating that because there was a delay in FDA’s implementation of FSMA biennial registration renewal for the 2012 cycle, FDA would exercise enforcement discretion with respect to registration renewals submitted to FDA after December 31, 2012 for a period of 31 days, until January 31, 2013.
Accordingly, after January 31, 2013, FDA removed the capability to renew a food facility registration within FDA’s Food Facility Registration Module (FFRM). Food facilities with registrations that were not renewed prior to January 31, 2013 cannot renew their FDA Registration. Instead, such facilities must now re-register with FDA. For food facilities that do re-register, FDA does not anticipate a loss of compliance history or shipping history, provided that the facility’s new registration includes the same information such as facility name and facility address.
Food shippers should remember that the Bioterrorism Act requires that FDA receive Prior Notice before food, beverages or dietary supplements are imported or offered for import into the United States. Advance notice of import shipments allows FDA, with the support of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to target import inspections more effectively and help protect the United States’ food supply against terrorist acts and other public health emergencies. Since Prior Notice filings require the food facility registration numbers of the manufacturer, the shipper and the facility where the food will be stored after import, FDA can easily target shipments in which one or more of the parties have not renewed or re-registered their food facility registration.
For those that are uncertain as to the renewal status of their food facility, Registrar Corp provides third party verification of renewal via a Certificate of Registration. Certificates of Registration issued by Registrar Corp may also be provided to customers to verify a facility’s U.S. FDA registration.
For companies that would like assistance with their FDA food facility registration, Registrar Corp’s Regulatory Specialists are available to help. For more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FDA registration or any FDA regulations, please contact Registrar Corp 24/7 at http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp or call us at +1-757-224-0177.
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