10/03/2012 12:35:00 PMCoral Beach
When I read the message on FDA's website it says: Biennial Registration RENEWALS are not being accepted... It does NOT say first time accounts are not accepted. We called FDA yesterday and where told new accounts are just working fine and we could sign up. What's Mr. Gombas problem to understand clear language or talk to FDA? Is it another misinformation to the industry? It says clear who has to register too: The Bioterrorism Act requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with the FDA by December 12, 2003. Owners, operators, or agents in charge of domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. are required to register the facility with the FDA. Domestic facilities are required to register whether or not food from the facility enters interstate commerce. Foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food also are required to register unless food from that facility undergoes further processing (including packaging) by another foreign facility before the food is exported to the United States. However, if the subsequent foreign facility performs only a minimal activity, such as putting on a label, both facilities are required to register. Here is the link the organizations should send to their members if they terested in helping them: www.access.fda.gov/
Ben, You copied the wrong part of the information. The date is Oct. 1. 2012 till Dec. 31 2012 for new accounts or operations that never signed into the FDA 2002 Bio-Terrorism Act database. The renewals section still has some problems loading at the FDA site. Everyone knows that the vertical intergated farms of today are not the same operations that did not have to register in 2005. So now those growers /packers/ shippers will have to due their due diligence for FSMA food safety.