There were 195,518 food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of January 22, 2014. As of January 12, 2015, the number of registered facilities had dropped to 166,753. This reflects a 14% decrease from the number of FDA registered food facilities in January 2014.
The ten countries with the most FDA registered food facilities remain the same as in 2014, but France and Italy moved above China in 2015. A complete breakdown of the number of registered facilities by country can be found on Registrar Corp’s site.
Registrar Corp Vice President David Lennarz believes that the significant drop was due to facilities failing to renew their registrations by the deadline. “Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food facilities were required to renew their registrations between October 1 and December 31, 2014,” Lennarz said. “We know that in early January 2015, FDA purged its registration system of non-renewed registrations. It’s probable that the drop was actually greater than 14%. Our previous data was from February 2014, but by December 2014 the number or facilities could have increased due to new registrations.”
It is not possible to reactivate a cancelled registration. Any food facility that was removed from FDA’s registration database will need to re-register and obtain a new registration number. Registrar Corp advises any facility that was removed to refrain from sending any shipments to the US until it obtains a new registration number, as distributing food in the United States without a valid FDA registration is a prohibited act. Prior Notice submissions will not be accepted without a valid registration number and shipments sent to the US without Prior Notice and a valid registration are subject to detention.
Registrar Corp can quickly and properly re-register a facility to help get its shipments back on track. When a foreign facility re-registers with FDA, it will need to designate a U.S. Agent for FDA communications. As a facility’s U.S. Agent, Registrar Corp will re-register the facility with FDA, file three complimentary Prior Notices on the facility’s behalf, and assist the facility in the instance of an inspection or detention. To learn more about Registrar Corp’s registration and U.S. Agent services, contact +1-757-224-0177 or chat with a Regulatory Advisor 24 hours a day at http://www.registrarcorp.com/LiveHelp.