New Requirements for Registration of a Food Facility under the Food Safety Modernization Act
On Jan. 4th, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) was signed into law in an effort to enable FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. The FSMA amends the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to give FDA new tools and authorities to monitor and inspect food importers and food facilities as well as to enforce the new requirements of verification and certification of applicable imported foods, with an overall goal of improving food safety. Under the Act, some of the new tools at FDA’s disposal include surveillance authority, detention of imports, suspension of food facility registrations and mandatory recall authority.
Expanding on the food facility registration requirements contained in the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, the FSMA requires additional information be submitted to FDA in order for the food facility to receive a registration number. While the new registration requirements are only one aspect of the FSMA, it is important that food facilities know how and when they must register and what information will be required. Dietary supplement manufacturers are considered food facilities and these registration requirements are expected to lead to an increase in inspections across the country. Below is an excerpt from the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm247559.htm#registration READ MORE »