Hampton, VA – In January 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed 59,420 food facilities from its registration database, resulting in a 25% decrease in the total number of food facilities registered with FDA. Food facilities are required to renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of each even numbered year. FDA considers registrations that are not renewed by the deadline to be “expired” and
removes facilities that did not renew shortly after each renewal period.

As of January 5, 2021, 182,147 food facilities remained in FDA’s database compared to the 241,567 registered in December 2020. There was a 19% decrease in food facilities registered in the United States. When combined, food facilities located outside of the United States saw a significantly higher decrease of 29%. Exporting countries with the highest number of registrations removed include China, Mexico, Italy, and Japan.
To see the registration totals broken down by country, click here.

How do I know if my registration was removed?

FDA does not typically notify food facilities when their registrations are removed. Many facilities do not realize their registrations are expired until their shipments are detained by FDA Compliance Officers at the U.S. Port of Entry.

Registrar Corp can help verify that your registration was successfully renewed for 2021 at no cost. Click here to verify your registration.

What should I do if my registration was removed?

Distributing food in the United States with an expired registration is prohibited and may subject a facility’s owner to civil or criminal penalties. Facilities with expired registrations must re-register with FDA and obtain a new registration number prior to continuing manufacturing, processing, packing, or storing food for U.S. consumption.

More than 20,000 food facilities around the world trust Registrar Corp to manage their FDA registrations. Registrar Corp can properly re-register your facility. As part of our registration service, companies receive year-round regulatory support, including FDA compliance monitoring of their facility, detention assistance, and more. For more information, contact Registrar Corp at +1-757-224-0177 or chat with a Regulatory Advisor 24- hours a day at www.registrarcorp.com/livechat.

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