Bioterrorism Act LoomsTime is running short for dairy processors to meet new FDA rules under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. Meeting the rules, which govern how food facilities are registered and how food imports are reported, is further complicated by the fact that their interpretation wasn't readily apparent. Even so, the 60-day FDA deadline must be met by December 12 of this year. Industry analysts say an initial review shows some beneficial changes in the rules, including a better definition of what constitutes food.
The facility registration rule requires domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption in the United States to register with FDA by December 12. FDA believes that the registration requirements will cover about 400,000 domestic and foreign facilities. The prior notice rule requires that, on or after December 12, importers send an electronic notice to FDA before bringing food into the United States.