Domestic and international food facility registrations have nose-dived, likely in part because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Food facilities worldwide that do business in the United States must register with the Food and Drug Administration at the start of each odd numbered year. The 10-year old Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facility registrations.

FDA accepted registrations between Dec. 18, 2020, and Jan. 11, 2021, for the new odd year of 2021 and found a smaller universe of food companies registering.

Registrar Corp., a Hampton, VA-based private company that helps businesses complying with FDA regulations, reports 59,420 fewer food facilities were registered with FDA in January 2021 than in December 2020.

“Many facilities do not realize that FDA removed their registrations until a shipment is detained at the U.S. border,” a Registrar Corp. spokesman explained.

Current valid food facility registrations are off 25 percent, standing at 182,147 worldwide. This past year ended with 241,567 food facility registrations with FDA. Registrar Corp. also helps companies, at no cost, verify that their food facility registrations were property renewed.

Foreign food facilities account for 55.5 percent of the current registrations. International food facilities make up 101,212 of the filings.

Countries with more than 1,000 food facilities registered with FDA include:

  • Agrentina (1,307)
  • Australia (1,229)
  • Brazil (1,958)
  • Canada (5,270)
  • Chile (1,335)
  • China (8,183)
  • Columbia (1,282)
  • France (9,526)
  • Germany (1,986)
  • Greece (1,034)
  • India (3,710)
  • Italy (8,881)
  • Japan (10,078)
  • Korea (3,324)
  • Mexico (6,571)
  • New Zealand (1,074)
  • Peru (1,033)
  • Russia (1,140)
  • Spain (4,206)
  • Taiwan (1,672)
  • Thailand (1,216)
  • Turkey (1,206)
  • Britain (1,465)

Domestic food facility registrations were down 19 percent at 80,935.    The distribution of food facilities for all U.S. states and territories  is provided by FDA, as of January 2021:

State/Territory

Number of Registered Domestic Facilities

Alabama887
Alaska329
American Samoa4
Arizona1,101
Arkansas716
California11,468
Colorado1,522
Connecticut614
Delaware186
District of Columbia100
Florida4,357
Georgia2,061
Guam13
Hawaii470
Idaho701
Illinois3,501
Indiana1,431
Iowa1,737
Kansas1,462
Kentucky1,029
Louisiana873
Maine532
Maryland988
Massachusetts1,708
Michigan2,026
Minnesota1,952
Mississippi525
Missouri1,695
Montana516
Nebraska999
Nevada554
New Hampshire262
New Jersey2,719
New Mexico407
New York3,955
North Carolina1,814
North Dakota574
Northern Mariana Islands9
Ohio2,478
Oklahoma829
Oregon1,695
Pennsylvania2,799
Puerto Rico393
Rhode Island208
South Carolina834
South Dakota454
Tennessee1,396
Texas5,372
Utah777
Vermont514
Virgin Islands16
Virginia1,529
Washington2,779
West Virginia287
Wisconsin2,537
Wyoming241
TOTAL80,935

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