FDA registration of food facilities: What we know now - The Packer

FDA registration of food facilities: What we know now

09/27/2012 07:11:00 AM
Tom Karst

IC.3.13 Will food facilities already registered with FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act be required to renew their registrations during the October 1 – December 2012 registration renewal period?
Yes. All facilities that are required to register must renew their registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. The first registration renewal cycle will be held from October 1 to December 31, 2012. Registrants are required to submit registrations to FDA containing the new information added by section 102 of FSMA. As new requirements and guidance go into effect related to facility registration renewal, FDA will post the information on this FSMA website. For more information on Food Facility Registration, please visit the FDA’s Food Facility Registration page.

IC.3.15 Am I required to renew a food facility registration online?
No. Registrants can renew food facility registrations online or submit the paper Form 3537 by mail or fax. A business with multiple facilities may also register on a CD-ROM by mail. FDA encourages online registration as the least costly, quickest, and most efficient means for food facility registration. With online registration, a food facility must enter all of the required information before the system will accept the submission. After all required information has been entered, a registrant will receive confirmation of registration and a registration number. Paper registration is a more costly and less efficient process to supply FDA with registration information and to provide food facilities with their registration numbers. Further, paper registration may have a higher number of errors or omissions on the form, which may require additional time to complete the registration process.

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Ray Webb    
USA  |  September, 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM

When every food handler has to register with FDA with all their facilities and food categories, there will be a traceback/traceup of contaminated food possible by an anticipated participation of 100% within 3 months. Every registered facility will have some type of identification code. I assume a buyer will probably ask for the code in order to be on the safe side in case of an event. The good part for the whole food industry is the FDA’s code is free. If I see it correct, the expensive GTIN number is more useless then ever as it was only created to run the checkout faster in some stores and do heavy benchmarking with the captured data in the barcode. The data captured in this barcode is not required by FDA as everybody can find out, during the registration process.

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