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WA S H I N G T O N

Expanding food traceability
A rule proposed by the US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA)
would establish a list of foods
that would require additional
recordkeeping beyond what existing
regulations require.
Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response
at FDA, said the "Requirements for
Additional Traceability Records for
Certain Foods" proposed rule for food
traceability is a critical step forward
in the agency's efforts to bring about
farm-to-table traceability in the US
food supply. The rule also would help
the agency rapidly identify recipients
of those foods to prevent or mitigate
foodborne illness outbreaks.
"The FDA has proposed a new rule
that lays the foundation for the end-toend food traceability across the food
industry that we'll be working toward
over the next decade as part of the New
Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative,"
Yiannas said. "When we say traceability,
what we are really talking about is the
ability to track a food at every step
of the supply chain. While limited to
certain foods, this proposed rule would
create a first-of-its-kind standardized
approach to traceability recordkeeping,
paving the way for industry to adopt
and leverage more digital, tech-enabled
traceability systems both in the near
term and the future.

"When FDA Commissioner Stephen
Hahn and I announced the New Era of
Smarter Food Safety Blueprint in July,
this proposed rule was presented as
the first step in our work to advance
traceability," Yiannas continued. "We
want to help protect consumers by
more quickly identifying the source
of contaminated products, limiting
the scope of recalls, and reducing the
risk of illness or death. Advancing
traceability will also greatly facilitate
timelier root-cause investigations to
learn more about how contamination
occurs in order to prevent
future outbreaks."
For example, shell eggs, readyto-eat deli salads and cheeses other
than hard cheeses were identified for
inclusion on the Food Traceability List
(FTL). FDA identified foods to include
on the FTL based on seven criteria:
x Frequency of outbreaks and
occurrences of illnesses;
x Severity of illnesses;
x Likelihood of contamination;
x The potential for pathogen growth,
with consideration of shelf life;
x Manufacturing process
contamination probability and
industry-wide intervention;
x Consumption rate and amount
consumed; and
x Cost of illness.
The FTL is the core component
of the "Requirements for Additional
Traceability Records for Certain

Foods." Companies that process,
manufacture, pack or hold foods
included on the FTL are to establish
and maintain records containing Key
Data Elements (KDE) associated with
Critical Tracking Events (CTE) such
as growing, receiving, transforming,
creating, and shipping of foods on
the FTL. The rule also establishes
exemptions for farms that sell directly
to consumers and a partial exemption
for retail food establishments among
several other special circumstances.
"While the proposed requirements
would only apply to those foods on the
FTL, they were designed to be suitable
for all FDA-regulated food products,"
the agency said. "FDA would
encourage the voluntary adoption of
these practices industry-wide."
Yiannas added, "I am excited
to continue collaborating with
stakeholders as we work to finalize this
rule, and further enhance traceability.
We are encouraging you to be involved
in this process by commenting on the
proposed rule. We look forward to
announcing public meetings to discuss
this proposed rule with everyone
interested in food safety and value
input from all stakeholders during the
comment period."
The proposed rule will be
available for public comment for 120
days following publication in the
Federal Register.
E R I C A S H A FFE R | e s h a f f e r @s o s l a n d.c o m

- FRANK YIANNAS

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"When we say traceability, what we are
really talking about is the ability to track
a food at every step of the supply chain."


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