Registrar Corp assist companies worldwide with FDA compliance. As exporters from the CR often come to you for guidance on FDA requirements, we are writing to notify you of some important FDA news. There was a 20 % decrease in the total number of food registered with FDA between December 2018 and February 2019. In the CR specifically, the number of registered facilities went from 253 to 208. This drop is likely due to FDA removing food facility registrations that were not properly renewed by December 31, 2018 from its registration database. Under the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), food faiclities must renew theri FDA registration between October 1 and December 31 of each even numbered year. Non- U.S. facilities must designate a U.S. Agent for FDA communication as part of theri renewal. FDA communicates through the U.S. Agent to schedule inspoction and to alert facilities of other FDA matters. Registration renewal is not complete until the U.S. Agent accepts the designation via email. Many facilities do not realize that FDA removed their registrations until compliance issues occur. FDA may hold food intended for impport to the U.S. at the port of entry if the responsible facility´s registration is expired. FDA may not allow the food to be delivered to the importer, owner, or consignee until the facility is re-registered. To help avoid costly detentions or regulatory action, it´sprudent for facilities to verify that their FDA registrations were properly renewed. Registrar Corp is offering to verify that facilities registrations are valid for 2019 at no cost. Simply direct companies to: www.registrarcorp.com/verify. Registrar Corp is happy to answer any questions about FDA food facility registration, or U.S. Agent requirements.
Source: Registrar Corp
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