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Expired Food Facility Registrations Cannot be Renewed; Re-Registration Required

Thursday, January 08, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

All domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or store food, food ingredients, pet foods or dietary supplements should have renewed their registrations with the Food and Drug Administration by Dec. 31. As there is no way to renew a registration after the deadline has passed, any such facility that did not submit its renewal by Dec. 31 will need to re-register. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said that as of Jan. 1 imported food from any facility that has not renewed its registration could be held at the port upon arrival.

The FDA encourages import brokers who file prior notices for food shipments after Jan. 1 to contact clients with high-volume food shipments, inquire about the renewal status of foreign manufacturing facilities associated with their shipment, and confirm any new registration numbers. Prior notices after Jan. 1 must have a valid facility registration number.

Any facility that did not renew its FDA registration should re-register with the FDA to avoid the risk of refusal of imports by FDA or CBP.

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