Guess what US wineries? Another item just came up on your compliance to do list. The biennial food facility registration with the Food & Drug Administration.
All US wineries, considered part of the food supply became required to register as food facilities starting in 2003 as a result of the Bioterrorism Act. At first it was a one time registration. In 2011 they updated this registration requirement to an every other year renewal.
These registrations are all done online at this link.
If your winery has never registered with the FDA as a food facility this is the same link you’ll use to set it up now and continue to use the same logon information moving forward to submit these now required biennial renewals.
For those of you that have already registered previously through the FDA’s website they have a guide for completing this registration renewal process. Here is a link to that.
The window for submitting these renewals is now through Dec 31, 2016.