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Second Annual Report Posted for the Reportable Food Registry, FDA's Early Detection System for Potential Public Health Risks

CFSAN Constituent Update

April 19, 2012

1,153 entries into the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) helped speed identification and investigation of potential health hazards in human food, animal food/feed (including pet food)

The Second Annual Reportable Food Registry Report shows that the RFR continues to help FDA in a number of important ways. It has:

  • Increased the speed with which FDA and its state and local partners investigate reports and take appropriate follow-up action, including removing reportable foods from commerce when necessary;
  • Improved FDA’s understanding of how products are distributed through commodity supply chains, increasing FDA’s ability to trace reportable foods upstream and downstream;
  • Helped FDA and industry identify key commodity risk points and develop guidance for establishing preventive controls;
  • Improved coordination among FDA headquarters, FDA field staff, and state and local regulators;
  • Provided data for FDA to issue import alerts and import bulletins; and,
  • Supplied information to help FDA target inspections, plan work, and identify and prioritize risks.

The RFR requires manufacturers, processors, packers and holders (warehousers, distributors, etc.) of FDA-regulated foods/feeds to quickly report to FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal any foods, feeds or ingredients that could result in serious adverse health consequences to humans or animals. Reportable food submissions provide early warning to FDA about potential public health risks and increase the speed with which the agency and its partners at the state and local levels can investigate the reports and take appropriate follow-up action, including ensuring that the reportable foods are removed from commerce when necessary.

The just-posted report summarizes the Registry’s second year of operation (September 8, 2010 – September 7, 2011) and finds that it logged 225 primary reports – initial reports about a safety concern with a food or animal feed (including food ingredients); 483 subsequent reports from suppliers or recipients of a food or feed for which a primary report had been submitted; and 174 amended reports to correct or add information to previously submitted reports. Reports were received from both domestic and foreign sources.

The 225 primary reports for Year 2 involved products in 22 commodity categories. Salmonella accounted for 38.2 percent of hazards, Undeclared Allergens accounted for 33.3 percent, and Listeria monocytogenes accounted for 17.8 percent. The 229 primary reports in Year 1 involved 25 commodity categories with Salmonella accounting for 37.6 percent, Undeclared Allergens for 30.1 percent, and Listeria monocytogenes for 14.4 percent,so, overall, the data are very similar.

The report notes that the RFR findings have spurred efforts to improve preventive measures in affected commodity areas, both by industry and FDA, and are helping the agency better target its inspection and sampling activities.

View The Reportable Food Registry: Targeting Inspection Resources and Identifying Patterns of Adulteration, Second Annual Report: September 8, 2010 – September 7, 2011.

For additional information about the Reportable Food Registry:

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