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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now enforcing the requirement that every Food Facility Registration (FFR) have a valid Unique Facility Identifier (UFI), or DUNS number. While the enforcement officially began January 1st, the agency provided a 60-day grace period before they began to verify that the facility associated with the DUNS number matches the facility associated with the Food Facility Registration.
The grace period is now over. FDA will be contacting Importers if the DUNS number does not match the facility location for the Food Facility Registration.
Carefully review each section of the registration to ensure that the right information was provided. For example, Section 2 should contain the complete legal name of the facility subject to the registration. The address should be the exact physical address of the facility associated with the registration. Do not provide a preferred mailing address in this section. Do not provide the address of the company Headquarters.
Do NOT re-register your facility! Instead, to reinstate your Food Facility Registration, follow these steps:
Step One: Obtain an accurate DUNS number (or confirm that your DUNS number is accurate for the specific facility location you’re seeking to register) by going here. If Dun & Bradstreet’s response is not complete, it can be forwarded to email@example.com for a secondary review. Include an explanation of your original request, such as, “address update because facility relocated.”
Step Two: Request FDA to confirm your FFR and DUNS number by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line: UFI accuracy verification
In the body of the email, provide:
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