Showing a reduction in produce safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has released the 4th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report.
The 27-page report summarizes the registry’s fourth year of operation, from Sept. 8, 2012 to Sept. 7, 2013. A total of 1,269 reports were recorded, including 202 primary reports, according to a news release from FDA. Animal food and feed accounted for the biggest portion of primary reports, followed in number by bakery, seafood, nut products and fresh-cut produce.
The FDA established the Reportable Food Registry in response to legislation passed by Congress in 2007, which requires the agency to establish an electronic portal for companies who handle food that may cause illnesses or deaths, such as fresh produce shippers.
Fresh-cut processors and other food handlers are required to report to the FDA if a product tests positive for pathogens after it’s been shipped. Positive tests on unshipped products don’t have to be reported if the tainted produce is destroyed.
According to the FDA document, 10 primary reports were filed for fresh produce in 2012-13, down sharply from 33 in the previous year. Primary reports linked to fresh-cut produce numbered 13, down from 23 the previous year.
Of the 10 primary reports on fresh produce, three were related to listeria monocytogenes and seven related to salmonella. For fresh-cut produce, the FDA said in the summary that two primary reports were related to E. coli, seven were related to listeria monocytogenes and four were related to salmonella.