The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) renew their registrations every 2 years, between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year. Therefore, all food facilities registered with FDA must renew their registrations by December 31, 2014.
In addition, on November 18, 2014, FDA announced the availability of a revised guidance for industry regarding questions and answers on food facility registration. The revised Q&A document includes a revised definition of the term “farm” under 21 CFR 1.227. Specifically, FDA advises that it is no longer requiring food facility registration for farms that also pack or hold raw agricultural commodities grown on a farm under different ownership. FDA will make further revisions to this Q&A document when the FSMA rulemaking has concluded.