All foreign and domestic facilities that manufacture food products are required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to export goods to the U.S. Food facilities must also renew their registration every other year to stay eligible. The registration deadline is December 31, 2014. Facilities that do not register are uneligible for exporting food products to the U.S. until they comply.Registration is a requirement of the Bioterrorism Act and Food and Safety Modernization Act. It protects people in the U.S. from consuming food that is unhealthy or contaminated. The FDA has strict guidelines that food manufacturing facilities must follow. For instance, some chemicals are prohibibited, workers must be subject to specific labor laws, and all food must be safe to consume. There are varying guidelines that the FDA uses to determine the safety and quality of food at a manufacturing facility.
Facilities that do not renew their registration in time may be unable to export goods to the U.S. Their current shipments may also be detained. The FDA is very strict and considers food safety one of the most important factors in the food industry. They will not do anything to put the American people in danger. As a matter of fact, the FDA has been known to recall food products on a regular basis and broadcast the news across the media.
Foreign and domestic food facilities can register with the FDA online through their website. However, paperwork is also available for facilities that prefer not to register electronically. If you choose to register though the mail, make sure that the paperwork reaches the FDA long before the registration deadline. More information and about the food facility registration deadline and requirements and instructions are available on the FDA’s website.