Hello. I own savaspice, a small vanilla and spice business.
I import the products directly from Madagascar from smallholder farmers.
My questions are:
1- the Amazon seller central asks for an FDA registration certificate. I submitted the registration number and form; they said that wasn’t valid. You may know that for some reason, they don’t share why the document wasn’t valid. They just said it’s not what they wanted. So I contacted FDA and they said they only issue the registration numbers and not certificates. So anyone has any idea where I can find the FDA registration certificate?
2- There’s this agency “registrar corp” that issues FDA registration certificate for $195. Does anyone know if that’s accepted at Amazon?
For the information, I would ve wanted to use POs but they we’re in Malagasy/ and Madagascar currency-
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Any foreign food facility must be registered with the FDA. This requires a U.S. representative that assumes responsibility for the integrity of the products. All facilities that produce, process and store foods must be registered. Here are the instructions:
Once your facilities are registered you can print the registration certificate. I don’t know what Amazon wants, but that is all there is. You don’t need to pay someone to do it unless there is no one in the U.S. willing to serve as representative.
As a piece of advise, review all FDA Import Alerts for Madagascar and for spices, and make sure everything is in compliance before you try to import. Any adulteration or mislabeling and you may never be able to import again.
The Certificate is just a catch-22 that Amazon is using to lock out smaller sellers. You can’t get approved without a FDA certificate, and you can’t get an FDA certificate.
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