Mint Still Registration
FSMA Requires Mint Stills Be Registered with FDA
Members of the Mint Industry Research Council can use these sample documents to put in place record keeping required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, Preventative Controls Section.
The document includes protocols producers can follow to meet the law’s requirement of developing best-management-practices to help ensure food safety on a preventative level. The base document was developed and is being distributed to MIRC members courtesy Callisons. Producers will need to customize these documents to fit their individual stills and any requirements of individual states.
Registering mint stills is required under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). It is recommended that producers register mint stills in time for the 2017 harvest season.
Operators of on-farm stills can register with the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodFacilityRegistration/ucm2006831.htm.
Depending on the state, producers may need to register stills with both the state and the federal government. On its website, the MIRC has a list of contacts of food safety officials in the following states: California, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
There is no charge to register stills with the FDA, but there may be charges on a state level.
According to a directive from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, mint still operators will need to learn about and comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice portion of the rule, including components addressing personnel, plant and grounds, sanitary operations, equipment, warehousing and distribution and defect-action levels.
“Some examples of things that our staff would look for during inspections include: Is the equipment designed in a way that it can be kept clean? Does the facility have strategies in place to control pests and is there evidence of pests in the facility? Do employees of the facility know that they should stay home if they have certain symptoms (vomiting, etc.),” according to the ODA directive.
“We’re trying to get everything assembled so it is fairly turnkey, so not all of our growers are independently reinventing the wheel,” said MIRC Administrator Bryan Ostlund. “We are handing them, as best as we can, all of the tools they need to be compliant, and we want to thank Callisons for their help in this.”
Good Manufacturing Practice documents:
Food Safety Protocols (pdf)
Food Safety Policies (pdf)
Forms and Checklists (Excel File)
Food Safety Modernization Act – State Level Contacts:
Operators of on-farm stills can register with the FDA at: