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2303, 2023

How to recover a Food Facility Registration that has been cancelled due to a not accurate Unique Facility Identifier (UFI)

Starting March 10, 2023, FDA Food Facility Registrations (FFR) without an accurate Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) are being cancelled.  Firms that are impacted by FFR cancelled can have their registration reinstated once they provide the required UFI information.

  • What does FDA verify?

FDA verifies the accuracy of your facility’s UFI and verifies that the facility-specific address associated with the UFI is the same address associated with your registration.

  • How to I reinstate my FFR?
To reinstate your Food Facility Registration (FFR) please follow the steps below:

Important: Do not re-register as you will be issued a different registration number.

Step 1: Obtain a DUNS number

Register the facility name and physical address associated with your FFR (Section 2) with D&B to obtain a DUNS number. Note – Name and address details must match with the FFR section 2.

  1. Please visit D&B’s Import Safety Registration Portal to search for your existing registration(s) and submit update requests, or to obtain new DUNS number(s). See user guide for details – Import Safety Registration Portal D-U-N-S® (DUNS) Number Quick User Guide.
  2. D&B registration request(s) returned incomplete (e.g., unable to obtain a DUNS number or update existing registration(s)) can be forwarded to importsafetyregistrations@dnb.com for a secondary review, with an explanation to support your initial request. E.g., New branch location (HQ location DUNS 123456789); Address update – facility relocated; Business name update.
  1. Note – D&B may contact you to request for legal business documents to support the registration request(s). D&B phone calls may be on a recorded line.

Step 2: After you have received a facility-address specific DUNS number, request your FFR and UFI verification by emailing cfsanfoodfacilityregistration@fda.hhs.gov using the format below:

Subject:   UFI accuracy verification

Body of the email:

  • FFR number
  • DUNS number
  • FFR Section 2 – facility name
  • FFR Section 2 – address, city, state/province, mail/zip code

Note: Section 2 of the FFR is for the legal name of the firm and physical address; Section 6 is for trade names and doing business as names; Section 3 is for the mailing address; Section 4 is for the parent or headquarters firm. In the email body, only include relevant information from section 2 of the FFR.

Please follow the steps above to submit an accurate UFI and for FDA to verify the accuracy of your UFI.   Upon UFI accuracy verification, the facility will be able to utilize the same registration number.
  • Will I receive a new FFR number?

No, after the facility provides an accurate UFI (DUNS number) they will be able to utilize the same number

  • How do I stay up to date with FFR requirements?

The FURLS team has sent several emails and conducted a webinar.   Stay up to date by subscribing to FDA emails at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (govdelivery.com)

  • Who do I contact for help?

Please call this office at 1-800-216-7331 or email FURLS@fda.gov.

2303, 2023

Sonora Spring Grape Crop Estimates from AALPUM’s Grape Summit

AALPUM, the Sonora Grape Growers Association, hosted their Spring Grape Summit on March 22, 2023 in Tubac, Arizona. Among the full afternoon of speakers, FPAA Grape Division Chairman John Pandol spoke about market trends impacting the industry, and Georgina Felix moderated a panel with officials from the Arizona Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Safe Border Trucking Association.

At the end of the speaker sessions, AALPUM presented crop estimates for the 2023 spring grape season. AALPUM Board President Marco Camus talked about the upcoming season explaining that AALPUM worked with all the producers to develop the projections. They will be updating projections again in late April, closer to the start of the season.

Below are the estimates from AALPUM. We have also attached their presentation that includes timing for promotable volumes of the different grape categories, with estimates indicating that grapes will be in full swing with promotable volumes from around Memorial Day to mid-July. We look forward to working with all of you to make help make the 2023 a success. Thank you to Sergio Lugo from AALPUM and his team for including the FPAA in this event.

If you have any questions or things you would like to discuss pertaining to the upcoming grape season, please reach out to us. Also, please stay tuned for scheduling for regular FPAA Grape Division meetings as the season gets underway.

2023 Crop Forecast

2702, 2023

2023 Arizona Department of Agriculture Forms

The Arizona Department of Agriculture announced that they will require a 72-hour notice for warehouse inspections.

As a reminder, the AZDA is required to inspect your warehouse prior to the start of season, even if you previously completed an inspected the year prior.

Attached you will find the one-day request form for Sunday inspection service. Please use the One Day Request Form and make sure to submit it by 5:00 pm the Thursday before the Sunday you need service.

Additionally, the Master Warehouse Checklist contains the inspection site requirements for your warehouse.

Lastly, attached are the Super-Lots Inspection Program instructions. The Super-Lot Inspection Program is being offered at your request to help alleviate backlogs during the busy Table Grape import season. As a reminder, participation in this “alternative” program is a privilege.

Please reach out to the FPAA with any further questions.

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