June 5, 2012
WASHINGTONThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added new data elements to its online Reportable Food Registry (RFR) that launched in 2010. The portal collects reports from the food industry and public health officials regarding problems with articles of food, including animal feed, that present a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.
The new RFR Rational Questionnaire incorporates additional data elements as part of an effort to improve the RFRs information gathering capability. By gathering and analyzing the new data, FDA will improve its ability to track patterns of adulteration in human food and animal feed (including pet food) and to target its inspection resources.
Providing information in response to the new data elements is voluntary for the time being; however, later this year responses to these elements will become mandatory. Additional elements include:
The reason the food has been determined to be reportable (agent);
A description of the root cause of the reportable food (if applicable);
A brief justification of the process used to determine which product(s), lot(s), or batch(es) were affected;
Whether or not the submitter believes all of the reportable food has been removed from commerce;
A brief description of the corrective actions taken to avoid repeating the reportable event;
The commodity type of the reportable food;
The dates that the product was manufactured;
Whether or not the reportable food underwent treatment to reduce microorganisms;
A brief description of the microbial reduction treatment;
Whether or not a bacterial isolate is available for FDA collection;
For reportable foods intended for animal consumption, the animal species that the reportable food was intended to be consumed by;
For reportable foods intended for animal consumption, the life stage of the animal that the reportable food was intended to be consumed by;
Whether the responsible party has notified all of its immediate previous sources (suppliers) of the reportable food (if applicable); and
Whether the responsible party has notified all of its immediate subsequent recipients (customers) for the reportable food (if applicable).
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