WASHINGTON, D.C. (3/4/13) – FDA is seeking public comment on a report from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) entitled “Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System.” Section 204 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires FDA, among other things, to establish product tracing pilot projects. In September 2011, the FDA asked IFT to carry out the pilot projects under an existing contract.
The pilot projects are designed to explore and demonstrate methods for rapid and effective tracking and tracing of food, including types of data that are useful for tracing, ways to connect the various points in the supply chain and how quickly data can be made available to FDA. In addition to providing the findings of the pilot projects, the report contains IFT’s recommendations to FDA for improving the tracking and tracing of food. FDA requests information that may help them form their own recommendations. The FDA will offer recommendations in our Report to Congress, which also is required by section 204 of FSMA.
FSMA also requires that the FDA initiate rulemaking on recordkeeping requirements for high-risk foods to make tracing them easier. The FDA will consider the comments received on the IFT report in implementing this FSMA provision.
The FDA invites interested persons to submit comments within 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register on March 5, 2013. To submit comments electronically, please go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter docket number FDA-2012-N-1153. For more information on submitting comments to the docket, please see Comment on Proposed Regulations and Submit Petitions.
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