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FDA food facility re-registration deadline is Dec. 31

NGFA member companies are reminded that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires animal food facilities to re-register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in even-numbered years.

Grain, feed, pet food and feed ingredient, grain processing and milling, and export facilities are among those required to renew their registrations by Dec. 31. In addition, medicated feed mills with an approved medicated feed mill license must re-register with FDA every year.

If a facility registration is not renewed by Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m., the registration will expire automatically and be removed from the facility owner’s account.

Facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food, animal food or ingredients, must register unless the facility is an exempt “farm.” Facilities under a common ownership of the feed mill, animals and land are considered “farms” and are exempt from the facility registration requirement.

FDA recently issued a draft guidance related to the final rule – Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities – issued in July 2016 addresses questions received from stakeholders since publication of the guidance’s sixth edition. View a question-and-answer document on the draft guidance here.

The NGFA also has been alerted by FDA that it anticipates issuing further guidance responding to questions about who needs to register with the agency.  However, the agency could not say at this time when such additional guidance will be issued.

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