Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

Guide to Traceback of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Implicated in Epidemiological Investigations

Note Since this guide published in April 2001, Emergency Operations has become a separate office. The electronic copy of this document has been modified to reflect that change (i.e. all references to DEIO have been changed to EOC). No other changes have been made.

7/06- Note a separate DFI Guide to Produce Farm Investigations has recently published. This guide has been modified only to delete specific instructions on produce farm investigations, and instead refer the investigator to the Produce Farm Guide for further guidance.

Last updated: June 2006

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Initiating a Traceback Investigation
Traceback Coordination
Product Samples
Use of FDA Reports and Forms
Traceback Reports
Requests for Information
Traceback Responsibilities
Point of Service Investigation
Record Collection
Analysis of POS data
Distributor Investigations
Record Collection
Analysis of Distributor data
Importer/Processor/Grower Investigations

Note: This document is reference material for Investigators and other FDA personnel. The document does not bind FDA, and does not confer any rights, privileges, benefits, or immunities for or on any person(s). An alternative approach may be used if such an approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes, regulations or both.

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