Breweries, wineries, and distilleries: it is time to renew your FDA Food Facility Registration (or register if you’ve overlooked this important requirement) by December 31, 2018.

A polite reminder on this Friday – the Food and Drug Administration requires all food facilities (this includes wineries, distilleries and breweries) to renew their registration every two years (in each even numbered year).

You can read about the renewal process and obtain information on the renewal here at the FDA’s website.

Also, here’s a handy guide from the FDA to help you through the renewal/registration process.

The renewal period has begun and runs through December 31, 2018. Even if you’ve just recently registered, you’re required to renew. The failure to renew your facility with the FDA means that your registration will expire and the FDA will remove you and you’ll need to re-register.

If you’re looking to dive in – here’s the link to the FDA registration:

This is all the more relevant as industry publications like Wines & Vines have reported that the FDA has started making inspections.

Also, since it’s never too late to start planning, the 2020 renewal period will require you to obtain a DUNS or similar number a a facility identifier. If you’re looking to get that process started – you can begin here:

Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.

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