“We are finding that a lot of businesses affected by the new registration renewal requirement are unaware of their obligations,” explained Ann Marie Gaitan, managing director of FDA Solutions Group, a company that specializes in helping businesses meet FSMA requirements. “The confusion arises because there are so many laws that overlap. The danger is a company will inadvertently fail to renew under the FSMA and face a denial of entry of its goods into the U.S.,” she added.
Under the FSMA Section 102, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or store food, beverages, food ingredients, pet foods or dietary supplements are required to renew their current registration with the FDA before January 31, 2013. FSMA Section102 changes the registration requirement for food facilities originally established in 2002 under the Bioterrorism Act (BTA). In addition to requiring all food facilities to re-register beginning in 2012, FSMA also requires renewal every two years thereafter, on even-numbered years.
Further information about the requirements for registration can be found on FDA Solution Group’s website: www.fdasolutionsgroup.com