AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University are teaming up with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer a free informational class about food and feed firm registration on Oct. 1. This course will take place at the Iowa State University Research Park, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames.
Animal feed and human food firms, animal feed ingredient and human food ingredient firms, facilities, manufacturers, companies and businesses are encouraged to attend this free informational class that will run for approximately two hours. Attendees are requested to register prior to attending to guarantee a seat for this event.
“Food and feed facilities are required to renew their registration with the FDA every two years on even numbered years between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31,” said Kimberly Anderson, food safety program manager with IGQI and CIRAS. “Since 2018 is an even year, all firms are expected to renew their registration with the agency no matter when they registered with the FDA.”
Attendees will be provided with information and resources about the FDA, the Food Safety Modernization Act and how to become registered.
If a firm hasn’t registered or re-registered with the FDA since the FSMA amendment to the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 and the Food and Drug Act, the firm must re-register. The registration window is Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018, on the FDA website.
Additional information can be found on the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodFacilityRegistration/default.htm This change updated the requirements of food firms previously registered under the Bioterrorism Act of 2003.
Additional guidance on food safety registration can be found through an FDA article titled “Food Facility Registration User Guide: Step-by-Step Instructions” and www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Guidances/ucm331957.htm.