The U.S. Food and Drug Administration enhances traceability record requirements for seafood and other perishable food suppliers by issuing a new final rule.

The rule aims to reduce contaminated food throughout the food supply, whether from the United States or abroad.


Additional recordkeeping requirements apply to certain foodstuffs, including all histamine-producing fish species, all fish species potentially contaminated with ciguatoxin (grouper, barracuda, snapper, etc.), and all fish species. applies to anyone who produces, processes, packs or stores This rule also applies to all smoked fish, mollusks and shellfish.

Mollusk crustaceans are the edible species of fresh or frozen oysters, mussels, mussels, scallops, or the edible parts of such species. To determine which foods to include on the Food Traceability List, FDA developed a food traceability risk grading model based on factors identified by Congress in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

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Catfish data were excluded from the risk assessment model because catfish like catfish are primarily regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FDA said.

Key features of the final rule include specific points in the supply chain (harvesting, refrigeration, primary packaging, receiving, processing, and food distribution). FDA also helps regulators understand companies’ traceability programs.

The FDA may request the development of a traceability plan or information, such as a description of the procedures for maintaining the necessary records, a description of the procedures for identifying foods on the food traceability list, a description of the batch codes are assigned, contact information for questions about the traceability plan, and listing the food on the Grown or Propagated Food Traceability List.

Additional requirements that FDA may impose include retention of records as original paper or electronic records, or true copies, request records within 24 hours if required if an outbreak, recall, or other public health threat, provide your records in an electronically sortable spreadsheet.

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