FDA grants grace period on FSMA re-registrations

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FDA grants grace period on FSMA re-registrations
FDA announced on Thursday, Dec. 13 that it has in effect granted a month-long grace period for food facility re-registrations required under the Food Saftey Modernization Act (FSMA).

The agency said it is encouraging facilities to meet the formal Dec. 31 deadline, but that it will exercise “enforcement discretion”​ for re-registrations received by Jan. 31, 2013. The agency said it is making this extension available in acknowledgement of the fact that it was not ready to accept re-registration applications at the beginning of October​ as originally stipulated. FDA did not begin processing the re-registrations until Oct. 22.

 FDA issued updated guidance documents on Dec. 12 concerning the implementation of the re-registration process.  They are  Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Fifth Edition)​ and Guidance for Industry: What You Need to Know About the Registration of Food Facilities – Small Entity Compliance Guide.

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