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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. The FDA also published a draft “Food Traceability List,” which describes the foods that would be subject to the proposed requirements. The list includes leafy greens, fresh cut fruits and vegetables, some types of fish, shell eggs, nut butters, and more.
If finalized, the Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods rule would standardize the data firms must maintain and the information they would need to share with the next entity in the supply chain to promote quick and accurate food traceability. While limited to only certain foods, this proposal lays the foundation for a standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt, harmonize, and leverage more digital traceability systems in the future. Where possible, FDA has drawn on existing consensus standards that industry members may already be using.
View the Food Traceability List.