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  1. #1
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    Hi all,

    I'm forwarding this from organic bee list:

    What is your take on this?

    Clay
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    Food facilities must register with the FDA. Read carefully to see if you
    qualify. If you do, don't wait. These guys aren't kidding.Honey is on the
    list. Most hobby outfits will be exempt. Some sideline and most all
    commercial outfits need to heed this message. Don't bet you are exempt. Read
    the rules.
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    New Food Regs take effect in 6 weeks. Honey is on the list.


    Registration of Food Facilities Under the Public Health Security and
    Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002; Interim Rule

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an interim final
    regulation for the registration of food facilities. Domestic and foreign
    facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal
    consumption in the United States are required to register with the FDA by
    December 12, 2003. Registration is one of several tools that will enable FDA
    to act quickly in responding to a threatened or actual terrorist attack on
    the U.S. food supply. In the event of an outbreak of food-borne illness,
    registration information will help FDA and other authorities determine the
    source and cause of the event. Registration will also allow FDA to more
    quickly notify facilities to protect themselves against terrorist activity.
    All facilities processing food regulated by the FDA are subject to this
    regulation. Section 305 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism
    Preparedness and Response Act (Bioterrorism Act) of 2002 defines a food
    processing facility as any establishment, structure, or structures, such as
    a factory or warehouse, which manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food.
    The registration requirement does not apply if a facility is a private
    residence, farm, restaurant, retail food establishment, nonprofit food
    establishment, and fishing vessel. A facility is exempt from registering
    only if all of its activities are included in one or more exemption. As an
    example, a farm that raises vegetables and sells the produce to consumers as
    its primary function, i.e. retail, is exempt from registration. However, a
    farm that raises vegetables for packing and sale to a distributor must
    register.
    The regulation requires the registration of the location of any facility
    involved in the manufacture/processing of food. It does not require the
    registration of individuals involved in food production or processing.
    Information derived from the registration database may be shared with States
    and other federal agencies. The registration information contained in the
    database of food processing facilities is not subject to disclosure under
    the Freedom of Information Act. Any information derived from the list of
    facilities or registration documents that would disclose the identity or
    location of an owner, operator, agent, or registered facility is not subject
    to public review.
    If you are an owner or operator of a food processing facility and it is not
    exempt from the registration regulation, the facility must be registered
    with the FDA. Failure to register, update, or cancel a registration as
    required is a prohibited act. The FDA can bring civil or criminal action,
    cancel a registration, or hold food articles for those in violation of this
    regulation.
    Owners or agents of appropriate facilities may register electronically over
    the internet (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~furls/ovffreg.html), by mail with
    Form 3537 or a CD-ROM containing multiple submissions, or by FAX. There is
    no fee for this registration. Registration is a one-time requirement for
    each food processing facility. Change in mandatory information or
    cancellation of registration must be submitted to FDA within 60 days of the
    reason for the event.
    Written or electronic comments on the interim regulation may be provided to
    the FDA by December 24, 2003. Written comments should be submitted to the
    Division of Dockets and Management, Food and Drug Administration, 5630
    Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Current information on FDA's efforts
    under the Bioterrorism Act and an electronic copy of the regulation may be
    viewed at http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html.

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    Kim Flottum
    Editor, Bee Culture Magazine http://www.beeculture.com/beeculture/index.html


  2. #2
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    I tried all the links. I can't find any articles in Bee Culture on it. The FDA links don't work. It's kind of a scary idea. Someone here in Nebraska noted that if you sell cut comb as produce you may not be processing food, just cutting and selling it.

  3. #3
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    Micheal,

    I have just heard there is more info on this in ABJ(newest one I think). I haven't looked yet. I don't much care for the government dipping there hands into business like this. Don't get me wrong I'm not against state health inspectors. So many laws now that it seems like one is under constant scrutiny. Feel like someone's trying to squeeze out every drop ya work hard for........I'm think I'm having one of those days today

  4. #4
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    Montezuma, GA USA
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    From reading the original post it would seem that Honey as I produce it might not be included. We are a farm (Bee Farm) and we sell our honey retail. I would think that a better way to manage this would be from the state level vs a centralized approach since the state already has an inspection and registration program. Seems like double dipping to me.

    Mark

  5. #5
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    dahlonega,ga USA
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    Can you say facisim?
    It not only pertains to honey producers, but it also pertains to someone who grows herbs or plants herbal plants.
    steve

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