Wild bird feed is included in the food safety legislation because the legislation includes food for animals and humans.
On January 4, 2011, US President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2751 and it became law. The next step for the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been to develop the 50 new rules, guidances, and reports required by FSMA within the 3 years specified in the law. Funding for FDA in 2011 was frozen, and 2012 was not much better, so the development of these rules and increasing the number of inspections of facilities as required in the law will be a burden for the existing staff at FDA.
WBFI members from the processor level through the packer, distributor, and retailer levels are required and expected to comply of this legislation.
Facility Registration renewals deadline for all companies required to register was December 31, 2012. Registration is free and it is online through the FDA website. Use this link to go to the FDA facility registration portal. Starting in 2012, each facility required to register must update or verify their facility registration every other year, so 2014 is the next year in which facilities should plan to review and update their registration. Information that FDA is trying to keep updated include the name of the contact person and the phone numbers and emails for contact personnel at each facility.
You will need a food category for your facility registration. Use this link to go to the FDA information on food categories.
FAQ's on Facility Registration are available here. FDA updates the information at this link from time to time. Be sure to sign up to receive updates via email from FDA when new information is posted.