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FDA: Pilot Projects to Enhance Ability to Trace Sources of Foodborne Illness

Constituent Update

September 7, 2011 

Required under Food Safety Modernization Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced two new pilot projects that will enhance both the agency’s and industry’s ability to trace products responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires the FDA to establish at least two pilot projects: one involving produce and one involving processed foods. Signed into law in January, FSMA also directs the FDA to establish recordkeeping requirements for high-risk foods to help in tracing products.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society consisting of professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions, will carry out the pilots at the direction of FDA, under an existing FDA contract.

The press release on FDA’s pilot projects is available at

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