The U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires all domestic and foreign food facilities to renew their FDA Food Facility Registrations between October 1, and December 31, and biennially (every two years on even years) thereafter. Food facilities that did not renew their registration by January 1 must re-register and obtain a new registration number.
Food facility registration is required by the U.S. FDA for all domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, process, pack, or store food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), or dietary supplements that may be consumed in the United States. Companies located outside the United States must designate a U.S. Agent to communicate with the U.S. FDA.
All domestic and foreign food facilities are now required to provide a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) when registering with FDA or renewing food facility registration with FDA. A DUNS number is the only acceptable UFI recognized by FDA for now. If you need assistance in obtaining a DUNS number, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Agent is responsible for being readily available to respond to FDA communications. FDA will communicate with the designated U.S. Agent, to schedule inspections and require an immediate response. The U.S. Agent is a person or entity located within, or that maintains an office, in the United States.