The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated guidance for industry, Compliance with Providing an Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers Regulation. The updated guidance replaces the temporary policy put in place with the March 2018 guidance of the same name, by stating that beginning on July 24, 2022 the use of the entity identification code “UNK” will no longer be an option when filing an entry with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The guidance provides information to human and animal food importers on requirements under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers (FSVP) regulation. The FSVP regulation requires that each entry line of food imported to the U.S. is accompanied by identification information about the FSVP importer. This information is provided electronically when filing entry with CBP and includes the unique facility identifier (UFI) recognized as acceptable by the FDA. The UFI currently recognized as acceptable by FDA for importer identification is a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
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