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FDA releases Reportable Food Registry Report

The US Food and Drug Administration released its second Reportable Food Registry Report.

The Reportable Food Registry requires manufacturers, processors, packers and holders (warehousers, distributors, etc.) of Food and Drug Administration-regulated foods/feeds to quickly report any foods, feeds or ingredients that could result in serious adverse health consequences to humans or animals, via the administration's online Safety Reporting Portal.

The report shows the Reportable Food Registry has increased the speed with which the Food and Drug Administration and its state and local partners investigate reports and take appropriate follow-up action, including removing reportable foods from commerce when necessary; improved the administration's understanding of how products are distributed through commodity supply chains, increasing its ability to trace reportable foods upstream and downstream; helped the administration and industry identify key commodity risk points and develop guidance for establishing preventive controls; improved coordination among the administration's headquarters, field staff, and state and local regulators; provided data for the administration to issue import alerts and import bulletins; and supplied information to help the administration target inspections, plan work, and identify and prioritize risks.

The report summarizes the Registry’s second year of operation 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 the second year 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 the first year involved 25 commodity categories with Salmonella accounting for 37.6 percent, Undeclared Allergens for 30.1 percent and Listeria monocytogenes for 14.4 percent.

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