In accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration last week announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons that manufacture, process, pack, or hold imported or domestic foods the FDA has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List.
Under the proposed changes, the above-noted entities would be required to establish and maintain records containing information on “critical tracking events” in the food supply chain, such as growing, shipping, receiving, creating, and transforming the designated foods.
The FDA states that the added requirements are intended to help it more quickly and effectively identify recipients of foods to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and address credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death resulting from foods being adulterated or misbranded.
The proposed rule also establishes a process for the FDA to update the FTL whenever the agency determines this may be necessary or appropriate.
Note: While the requirements are only applicable to foods on the FTL, they were designed to be suitable for all FDA-regulated food products. As such, the FDA is encouraging the voluntary adoption of these practices industry-wide.
Electronic or written comments on the proposed rule should be submitted by January 21, 2021.
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