According to NGFA, food facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to complete the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) biennial registration process.

The registration and renewal period is open between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022.

Among the facilities required to register with FDA are grain elevators, feed mills, flour mills, corn and oilseed processors, pet food manufacturers, and others.

Facilities are to submit their registration/renewal information electronically through the FDA Industry Systems account, unless they have received a waiver that allows for paper submission.

There is no fee associated with registration or renewal.

During the registration process, all facilities are to include a unique facility identifier (UFI) recognized as acceptable to FDA.

Currently, FDA recognizes the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as an acceptable UFI. The DUNS number is assigned and managed by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and can be obtained or verified by visiting D&B’s website.

Food facility registration requirements were initiated with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and amended by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011. FSMA requires facilities to renew their registrations every other year on even numbered years.

Questions about the facility registration process may be directed to the FDA Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS) Helpdesk via phone at 800-216-7331 or 240-247-8804, or by email at FURLS@fda.gov. A reference sheet concerning the DUNS number also is available.

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