Malaysian food exporters with US to renew their registration every two years

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Malaysian food exporters registered with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will now have to renew their registration every two years with the re-registration process to kick off between Oct 1 and Dec 31, 2012.

The new requirement to reregister a company’s food facilities every two years, starting this year, aims to gather additional information on domestic and foreign food facilities, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) said in a press release yesterday.

“The additional information would include the facility type such as manufacturer, processor, re-packer, packer, warehouse or holding facility, the products and hazard and preventive control measures associated with the products and other facility information such as food safety training, facility size, operations schedule and number of employees,” Matrade said.

Initially, registration of a food facility was required only once, it said.

However, under Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act — which was amended by the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) — on the registration of food facilities, Malaysian companies will now have to renew their registration every two years starting this year, it said.

“All facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the US must register with the FDA,” Matrade said.

The FSMA enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system, it said. – themalaysianreserve