Packaging and bioterrorism rules

Packaging and other food-contact materials are excluded from the revised bioterrorism regulations issued by FDA.

The regulations require registration of facilities and import notification. As originally proposed, the definition of “food” was so broad that it included food contact substances.

A survey by the New Jersey-based Food Institute found that 50% of food industry professionals did not know that all domestic and most foreign food manufacturing and distribution facilities had to register with FDA by December 12, 2003, under the Bioterrorism Act. Another 21% knows about the regulation but has done nothing to prepare.

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