Under the Bioterrorism Act of 2003, all warehouse facilities that store or handle products intended for consumption by humans or animals in the United States are required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of the FDA’s regulations is to ensure that all food and beverage products are received by consumers fresh and safe for consumption. As long as an FDA-registered warehouse is following all guidelines, consumers should never receive:
- Products that have been damaged or contaminated
- Products that are incorrectly labeled
- Products that have reached their expiration date
- Recalled food and beverage items
If FDA regulations are not followed, a company risks hefty fines of up to $500,000, as well as the suspension of their business license.