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FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal and Impact on Food Imports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. Among many other changes, FSMA amended section 415 of the federal food, drug, and cosmetics act (FD&C act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d], which requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with FDA.


If you are importer and you import food, drugs, or cosmetics from a foreign food facility we encourage you to make sure that facility is registered with the FDA. If they are registered, the facility has to renew their registration every other year, between October 1st and ending on December 31st of each even-numbered year.  If the foreign food facility is required to register and fails to do so, your shipments could be held up upon arrival at the U.S. port.


Click here for more FDA food facility registration requirement information. Click here for questions and answers regarding food facility registration.


If you have any questions, you may contact your regular account representative or [email protected].

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