IFT food tracing report released by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) released a report from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), which recommends clear objectives be set for all users of a simpler, globally accepted food supply chain that can benefit from existing commercial systems.

CFSAN commissioned the IFT report in 2008 as part of the agency's ongoing examination of food product tracing practices. This report will be available in the January 2010 issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, Vol. 9, Issue 1.

  • Technical Report: Volume 1 of 2 (pdf)
  • Economic Report: Volume 2 of 2 (pdf)
  • Tactics for Improving Food Product Traceability
  • Recommendations At-A-Glance
  • Report Executive Summary
  • Report Frequently Asked Questions
  • Expert Panel Members
  • Presentation of Recommendations (note: audio for the presentation will be available by Nov 23).

The IFT report is part of the public record that FDA will consider in determining ways to improve the ability of government and industry to trace food products throughout all stages of the supply chain.

Last week, FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service jointly announced a public meeting on food product tracing in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9 and 10, 2009, and formally requested written input from stakeholders on measures to improve food product tracing. Details of that announcement can be viewed here

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