New Guide Helps Small Food Facilities Register with FDA

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The FD&C Act requires food facilities engaged in manufacturing/processing, packing, or holding of food for human or animal consumption in the United States to register with the FDA. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added new registration provisions to the FD&C Act. In 2016, FDA issued a final rule to reflect these changes, which include the following:

  • Facilities are required to provide FDA with assurance that they will be permitted to inspect their facility (in accordance with the FD&C Act).
  • Facilities are required to renew their registration every other year.
  • FDA now has the authority to suspend a facility’s registration.

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