Malaysian companies required to renew their registration with US FDA
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Malaysian food exporters to the United States who are registered with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are required to renew their registration starting October 1 to Dec 31, 2012.
The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) said the new requirement to re-register company’s food facilities every two years starting this year was set to gather a vast amount of additional information on domestic and foreign food facilities.
"The additional information would include the facility type such as manufacturer, processor, re-packer, packer, warehouse or holding facility, the products and hazard & preventive control measures associated with the products and other facility information such as food safety training, facility size, operations schedule and number of employees.
"The US Food Safety Modernistion Act (FSMA) enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system.
"All facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the USA must register with the FDA," it said in a statement today.
MATRADE said Malaysian companies can renew their food facility registrations online at http://www.fda.gov or submit the paper Form 3537 by mail or faks starting Oct 1, 2012. — Bernama