Foreign Food Facilities Must Register or Face Shipment Holds

Under the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the US must register with FDA. Food facility registrations must be renewed every other year between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year, such as 2014.

Effective January 1, 2015, imported goods from foreign food facilities that fail to register with FDA face denial of entry for those goods associated with that facility, as outlined in Section 801(l) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Foreign food facilities that aren’t renewed by December 31, 2014, will be subject to registration invalidation, which could result in the denial of the goods’ entry into the US.


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