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    Default Should I unregister with the FDA?

    Hello, there was recently an article in the Maple News (December 2018 issue) specifically about the FDA etc. It was a good article and included a lot of information from Commander Joseph Frost from the US Public Health Service. I do not have it here in front of me but I believe the article went on to say (in my own words...) that if you sell more than 50% of your syrup retail that you did not need to register or you could "unregister" your operation. I have been registered for several years and sell @75% or more of our Maple Syrup retail. It seems there has been a lot of conflicting information out there to be had so I have been reluctant to unregister in the past. But after reading that I would lean towards "unregistering" I don't have anything to hide but would be glad to be off of the list and keep things simple. Should I unregister with the FDA? And if so is there a thread on here how to do so? FYI - I am already inspected by the PA dept. of Ag and try to go above and beyond the current regulations. Thanks for your help!

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    I would also like to hear the answer to this question. I registered a few years ago, but am no longer selling bulk. FWIW I never heard anything back from the FDA.
    Now just a sap producer. Hopefully 1000+ taps for 2020
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    I was advised by a friend in the USDA to unregister and I did. I can't remember exactly what I done, but if you log into your registration I think there is link to remove your registration. I sell my syrup retail.
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    I logged in but could not find a link to unregister. I called the help line, and it is closed due to the government shutdown.
    Now just a sap producer. Hopefully 1000+ taps for 2020
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    I unregistered in December for the same reasons. I followed the link in the original email reminding me to re-register by 12/31. I can't remember exactly the steps I went through, but they were easy. Once I was logged in, I think I went to the page where I could re-register and it gave me (or I easily found) the button to cancel the registration.
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    I never received any emails ever from them as far as I know. My screen when I login gives no option to re-register or cancel.
    Now just a sap producer. Hopefully 1000+ taps for 2020
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    I was inspected by the FDA last year and I think it was very informative and easy going. the gal seamed very knowledgeable in all manners of food production and maple syrup. She did go on to tell me the reason for inspecting small producers (under $100,000/ year in sales) such as myself was to prove to her boss's that they are wasting their time and resources by doing the inspections. she was defiantly more knowledgeable than the state inspector that came through a few weeks before. I feel bad that she even had to come as it was a 4 hour one way trip from her office.
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    Dumb me I poatwd links yesterday and just now realized I posted them in the wrong thread.... here they are:

    Here are links and help

    log into account

    Go here https://www.access.fda.gov/

    Choose the module with this wording:

    FURLS Food Facility Registration Module (FFRM)
    Form 3537/3537a
    OMB Approval Number...

    then choose the option to manage account and cancel registration and fill out the form and submit
    Last edited by buckeye gold; 01-11-2019 at 07:01 AM.
    100 -110 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply and for all the help! With my small operation - selling most of our syrup retail I think I will cancel my registration.

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    Thanks Buckeyes Gold. It wont let me click on the Food Facility icon on my account. Maybe because of the govt shutdown idk?
    Now just a sap producer. Hopefully 1000+ taps for 2020
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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