Wednesday, April 03, 2013 by Lee Mannering
Almost one month ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System, a report highlighting the results of two traceability pilot studies conducted by the Institute of Food Technologists for FDA. These pilot studies were required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Yesterday, FDA announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the industry comment period to July 3; comments were originally due April 4. After the comment period closes, FDA will begin development on a proposed rule for food traceability – the requirements of which can be found in the recordkeeping portion of the FSMA statute.
As we said in an earlier post, the IFT report contains recommendations on traceability that are consistent and align with our industry’s Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). PTI will be submitting comments to FDA on the report by the new deadline.