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IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM FDA TO
FOOD FACILITIES 
 
Food Facilities Must Re-Register with FDA Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31
 
Whether in the United States or not, facilities that import food and beverage commodities to the United States must renew their FDA registrations between 01 October and 31 December of this year.  Whether it’s imported or just being offered to import from a foreign facility, the registration is required.  Failure to register will result in seizure of merchandise at the port of entry, and held there until registration is completed.  Failure to comply is also grounds for civil or criminal penalties in a court of law. 
The Food Safety Modernization Act (section 102) states that “…all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food, food ingredients, pet foods, or dietary supplements are required to renew their registration with the FDA every even-numbered year.”
Keep in mind, that when registering, food facilities located OUTSIDE of the USA must name a US agent (i.e., a person or company with a location INSIDE of the USA) who acts as the US representative of that foreign facility, with whom the FDA can have on-going communications.
You can use FDA form 3537, currently in use.  Should the FDA update a revised form, it would be up to the importer to use it when and if it becomes available.  You may register online or fax, or by regular postal mail.  You may also authorize a third-party to do this for you.
 
If you need help, call Chris Liberty, Vice President, RSE: 650.204.6010
or
chris.liberty@rsexpress.com
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