Re-registration of food production and warehousing facilities has been postponed, according to an October 1, 2012 announcement from the FDA.

Beginning in 2012, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires all food production and warehousing facilities to re-register between October 1 and December 31 of even-numbered years.

FDA personnel recently said that the re-registration period would begin on October 1. Since then, however, the FDA has announced that the re-registration period will not actually begin then as planned.

A small statement confirms, “Biennial Registration Renewal for Food Facilities will not be available on October 1, 2012. We therefore will not be accepting food facility registration renewals at this time. Please check FDA’s website at http://www.access.fda.gov at a later date, or sign-up for FSMA updates to be informed when it becomes available.”

The FSMA, signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. It recognizes that preventive control standards improve food safety only to the extent that producers and processors comply with them. Therefore, it will be necessary for the FDA to provide oversight, ensure compliance with requirements, and respond effectively when problems emerge.

All food facilities that are required to register with FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act must renew their registrations with FDA when the registration process becomes open. Registrants are required to submit registrations to FDA containing the information described in section 415(a)(2) of the FD&C Act, including the new information added by section 102 of FSMA.

Further information can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm314178.htm?source=govdelivery.