Deadline approaching for revised food facility registration mandated by FSMA

Food facilities have until the end of the year to register with the FDA.

The registration, which originally was implemented under the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, was updated under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act to require more information from food producers. The revision also requires food facilities to re-register with the FDA each even-numbered year, according to Food Safety News.

Any food facility, regardless of whether it participates in interstate commerce, is required to register. Food facilities include any company “that manufactures, processes, packs or holds” food in the U.S., Food Safety News reports.

The registration system – and the information food facilities will provide – will allow for a faster response to food safety incidents, emergencies or bioterrorism, according to the FDA’s Guidance for Industry.  

FSMA aims to make the U.S. food safety system more proactive than reactive. It was signed into law by President Obama in Jan. 2011 – the most comprehensive overhaul to the U.S. food safety system since the early 20th century.

For more information on registration, check out the FDA’s website here and the industry guidance document here.

For previous Neogen blog posts regarding FSMA, click here.

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