The Reportable Food Registry: A Five Year Overview of Targeting Inspection Resources and Identifying Patterns of Adulteration
This Reportable Food Registry (Registry) Annual Report is a synopsis of a one-year reporting period for the Registry. The current edition is the 5th Annual Report: September 8, 2009 – September 7, 2014. For more information see Reportable Food Registry Annual Report Questions and Answers.
The Reportable Food Registry (RFR or the Registry) was established by Section 1005 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-85), which amended the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by creating a new Section 417, Reportable Food Registry [21 U.S.C. 350f]. It required FDA to establish an electronic portal to which reports about instances of reportable food must be submitted to FDA within 24 hours by responsible parties and to which reports may be submitted by public health officials.
A reportable food is an article of food/feed for which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, such article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.
This is the fifth Reportable Food Registry Annual Report, covering the new time period September 8, 2013 to September 7, 2014. Previous Reportable Food Registry Annual Reports presented FDA’s experience with the RFR from the opening of the Reportable Food electronic portal on September 8, 2009 until September 7, 2013.
The RFR covers all human and animal food/feed (including pet food) regulated by FDA except infant formula and dietary supplements for which FDA has other mandatory reporting systems. The RFR does not accept submissions regarding drugs or other medical products, reports about products under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or reports from consumers.
The congressionally identified purpose of the Registry is to provide a reliable mechanism to track patterns of food and feed adulteration to support efforts by FDA to target limited inspection resources to protect the public health. For example, FDA utilizes the information provided to RFR in conjunction with other data to identify key commodity risk points to target public health initiatives including planning and prioritization of inspections, developing guidance, generating sampling assignments, issuing import alerts, and other activities.
Download the entire 5th Reportable Food Registry Annual Report (PDF 601KB)
Previous Reporting Periods