Registrar Corp‘s Food Safety Department is in South Korea this week to provide pre-inspection assistance in advance of a formal U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection. All food facilities should be prepared for a U.S. FDA inspection since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the U.S. FDA to double the number of Foreign Food Facility Inspections each year for the next five years. Further, FSMA now allows FDA to collect hourly fees for reinspection visits. FDA reinspection fees are:
- $221/hour if domestic travel is required
- $289/hour if foreign travel is required.
Registrar Corp provides a Pre-Inspection Assistance Visit as part of its U.S. Agent service. As a foreign facility’s U.S. Agent, Registrar Corp Regulatory Specialists help food facilities with their FDA registration and FDA communications. In addition, as part of Registrar Corp’s U.S. Agent service, Registrar Corp will dispatch a food safety expert trained in FDA inspections to the foreign facility to help the manufacturer prepare for an FDA inspection. This assistance is included in Registrar Corp’s U.S. Agent Service at no additional charge, other than travel and lodging expenses, if FDA has confirmed an actual date for an inspection.
Food and beverage manufacturers should note that U.S. FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal is required by January 31, 2013. The original deadline was set for December 31, 2012, but FDA extended the food facility registration renewal deadline to accommodate for a 22-day delay.
For more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) or any FDA regulation, please contact Registrar Corp 24/7 at https://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp or call us at +1-757-224-0177. Additionally, Registrar Corp’s nineteen global offices provide multilingual regulatory assistance to exporters.