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FDA delays Food Safety Modernization Act Registration Process

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On September 28, the Food and Drug Administration announced that due to the complex clearance and implementation process they were unequipped to implement the food facility biennial registration procedure mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was set to begin on October 1, 2012, This delay effects food manufacturers and food wholesalers that process and package food, not retailers. The FDA has not given any timeline as to when the system would go live online and has yet to give a decision on whether or not the registration deadline under FSMA will be extended past December 31. When registration renewal does become available, the FDA will issue new guidance which will supersede the existing guidance and will address the renewal requirement which again will only affect food wholesalers, not retailers. When any new information becomes available, NGA will update the membership. To find out more, click here.

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