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Number of FDA Registered Food Facilities Cut in Half in Two Years

Prior to October 2012, there were over 450,000 food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  As of February 19, 2014, there were less than 200,000.  How could the number of registered food facilities drop to less than half of what it was in less than two years?  According to FDA’s Registration Statistics webpage, the significant decrease was due to food facilities failing to renew their FDA registrations in 2012.

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) established a new regulation that requires food facilities to renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year.  With 2012 marking the first ever renewal period, it took a number of companies by surprise, leaving many with expired registrations when they didn’t renew by the deadline.  Once an FDA facility registration expires, it becomes a prohibited act for that facility to distribute products within the United States.  Unfortunately, some facilities don’t realize their registration has expired until their products are detained at the port of entry or they fail a facility inspection.

We are now in the midst of the 2014 FDA registration renewal period.  As Registrar Corp travels to tradeshows around the world, we are surprised to find that many companies we talk to are still unaware of the renewal requirement.  Once the renewal period ends, FDA will remove non-renewed registrations from its system.  Don’t let your FDA registration expire.  Make sure to renew your registration by December 31, 2014.  When you renew your FDA registration through Registrar Corp, you can be assured your renewal will be completed properly, and you will even receive a certificate of registration to include with your shipments.

Registrar Corp is an FDA consulting firm that helps food and beverage facilities comply with FDA regulations.  For questions about FDA registration renewal or any other FDA regulations for food and beverage facilities, contact Registrar Corp at 1-757-224-0177. Receive online Live Help from Regulatory Specialists 24 hours a day at: http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.