FDA Publishes Final Food Facility Registration Rule

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a final rule that amends the agency’s food facility registration regulations to include provisions mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and require additional information to be submitted during the registration process. FDA’s final rule is effective Sept. 12, 2016. FDA will host a webinar on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. – noon eastern time to review the new requirements established by the rule.

FDA’s food facility registration regulations initially were established in 2003 through the Bioterrorism Act. The registration requirements apply to domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold (i.e., store) food for human or animal consumption in the United States. Among the facilities required to register with FDA are grain elevators, feed mills, flour mills, corn and oilseed processors, pet food manufacturers, renderers and others. New requirements added to the regulations that FDA states are necessary to improve the food facility registration system include submitting a unique facility identifier and indicating the applicable food product categories of any food product and activity at the facility. Read the new requirements here.

Source: Sarah Gonzalez, NGFA