FDA launches Food Code Reference System - The Packer

FDA launches Food Code Reference System

04/22/2014 11:15:00 AM
Coral Beach

Federal officials rolled out a Web tool they say will help industry, the public and regulators better understand the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.

The Food Code Reference System is a searchable database that includes 22 questions and answers about the U.S. Food Code, according to an April 21 news release from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

By visiting http://tinyurl.com/FoodCodeAnswers, users can access the reference system after registering their e-mail and other details with the FDA. The reference system “provides access to FDA’s interpretative positions and responses to questions related to the FDA Food Code,” according to the FDA website. A 41-page users’ manual is available on the site.

“The FDA intends to add entries it believes are important to the uniform application of the Food Code and that may have implications across all jurisdictions that regulate food establishments,” according to the news release. “These entries will reflect questions previously answered by FDA as well as responses to future inquires that FDA receives.”

The retail food protection staff at CFSAN developed the reference system. The Food Code is described by the FDA as a model for regulatory agencies at local, state, tribal and territorial levels that in turn use it for developing and updating their own food safety rules.

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