U.S. FDA EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR BIENNIAL FOOD FACILITY REGISTRATION TO JANUARY 31, 2013, BY ENFORCEMENT DISCRETION
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires all domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods for human or animal consumption in the United States to renew their registrations with FDA between October 1 and December 31, 2012.
Today the FDA announced that “FDA intends to 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.” “Enforcement discretion” means that FDA will not penalize facilities that fail to meet the statutory deadline of December 31, 2012, provided those companies complete the required registration by January 31, 2013. Renew your U.S. FDA Food Facility Registration Today.
Facilities located outside the United States must designate a U.S. Agent for FDA communications, as well as consent to FDA inspection. FSMA newly requires that FDA inspect foreign food facilities, which may be scheduled through the U.S. Agent. As part of its U.S. Agent service, Registrar Corp offers free pre-inspection assistance, including a site visit by a Registrar Corp food safety expert experienced in FDA inspections.
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