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FDA Issues Proposed Rule for Food Facility Registration

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

FDA issued a proposed rule to amend and update its regulation on the registration of food facilities. The proposed rule would improve the food facility registration system, and would implement certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under the current regulation, food facilitates that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption must register with FDA, while retail food establishments, farms, restaurants and certain other entities are exempt from the registration requirement. The proposed rule would expand the definition of a retail food establishment, thereby extending the registration exemption to establishments that sell products primarily at roadside stands, farmers' markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs. Public comments are invited and can be submitted online or by mail to Division of Dockets Management, HFA-305, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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