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What to Know About FDA Prior Notice

For any imports of food, drinks, and nutritional supplements entering the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the submission of what’s called Prior Notice. The FDA will release a confirmation number in the form of a barcode following receipt of the Prior Notice, which would accompany the majority of food shipments.

Filing Prior Notice necessitates a current Food Facility Registration for the producer. Again, if shipments involve food, beverages, or supplements, it is a requirement and depending on the method of transport, Prior Notice must be submitted and received at different deadlines.

For example, if shipping by road, the FDA must receive the submission in two hours. Air and rail shipments are four hours while water shipments require Prior Notice of eight hours. If being shipped via international mail, then the FDA must receive Prior Notice before the food, beverage, or supplement is even shipped.

Should you have any questions about how to proceed with Prior Notice or if you need help with the FDA registration process and regulations, please contact us.

A&L Registration is committed to assisting domestic and foreign clients in navigating and simplifying the often convoluted process of registering with the FDA. We have worked with an extensive array of clients across a broad spectrum of industries such as cosmetics, food and beverage, medical devices, and more through providing experienced, researched, and professional advice on FDA compliance and its multitude of legal regulations. For more information on FDA registration, please visit our website or call 786-504-6363.

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