MOMENCE, ILLINOIS— (November 17 , 2003) —Van Drunen Farms and FutureCeuticals announce their complete compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation requiring all food processors to register with the agency in accordance with the Public Health Security Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, the FDA passed legislation requiring all food producers, processors, packers and shippers to register with the agency. The legislation also requires all non-US companies to designate a registered agent in the US. Additionally, a further provision requires The FDA be notified of all food shipments coming into the US. Registration will enable the FDA to track threatened or actual terrorist attacks on the US food supply, and enable them to notify quickly the facilities that may be affected.
Tommy G. Thompson, Health and Human Services Secretary says these are “Critical new tools for the FDA to identify potentially dangerous foods and better keep our food supply safe and secure.” Compliance with the regulation is required by December 12, 2003. A recent survey disclosed that more than 50 percent of food industry executives were unaware of the new regulation. Non-compliance could keep thousands of pounds of food shipments being embargoed at the US border.
Van Drunen Farms and FutureCeuticals have registered all of their facilities, five in Illinois and one in California, in accordance with the regulation. Contact Ed Lindquist, Quality Compliance Coordinator with any questions regarding the Bioterrorism Act, or with Van Drunen’s compliance. [email protected], 815-472-3545.
The entire regulation can be found in the Federal Register October 10, 2003, Volume 68, Number 197, www.fda.gov.