U.S. FDA extends food facility registration implementation

December 17, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the re-registration period for food facilities from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013. The agency made this decision because there was a delay in its implementation of biennial registration renewal and registration renewal did not become available until Oct. 22.

Facilities are required to re-register every two years, and the re-registration will serve as an update to existing registration information and will involve making any edits to existing information and adding new information. When the process is complete, facilities will keep their existing registration numbers in most cases. Failure to re-register during the allotted time period will lead to the suspension of a facility’s registration.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Sept. 28 it would be delaying its food facility registration efforts. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), all food plants must register with the Food and Drug Administration, with renewals due in even-numbered years. The normal window for registration was to be Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

FDA guidance