FDA Extends Registration, Listing Deadlines For Domestic Manufacturers

FDA Extends Registration, Listing Deadlines For Domestic Manufacturers

Cigar factories located in the United States are getting some extra time to comply with two deadlines outlined in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s controversial Final Deeming Rule, the agency announced today.

According to the FDA, which regulates all tobacco products, domestic manufacturers of cigars and other tobacco products now have until October 12 to register their establishments with the agency as well as submit a product listing document. 

The extension was granted due to “intermittent outages” of the agency’s Unified Registration and Listing System website, the FDA said.

Currently, registration and listing requirements only apply “to persons who own or operate domestic establishments engaged in manufacturing tobacco products,” as outlined in Section 905 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The rule does not apply to importers who don’t own such an establishment in the U.S.

While the vast majority of premium cigars are rolled outside of the country, some cigarmakers remain in the U.S., including several in Miami and some in Tampa, Florida.

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