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FDA Issues Guidance Documents on Food Facility Registration

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued two guidance documents to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. FDA published the seventh edition of a guidance document explaining registration requirements for owners and operators of facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. The guidance document features questions and answers regarding amendments to its regulations for registering food facilities to comply with new registration provisions established by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

FDA also released a supplemental draft guidance document clarifying the registration requirements in situations when multiple entities use shared physical space. These situations include instances when manufacturers lease their facility, store food at self-storage warehouses or use commercial communal kitchens that are also used by other manufacturers to process food. FDA intends to incorporate the questions and answers in this supplemental draft guidance into future editions of the food facility registration guidance.

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