FDA registration of food facilities: What we know now - The Packer

FDA registration of food facilities: What we know now

09/27/2012 07:11:00 AM
Tom Karst

Guidance and Rules

    Draft Guidance for Industry: Necessity of the Use of Food Categories in Food Facility Registrations and Updates to Food Categories
    FDA updated this guidance document to propose additional food categories to be included in the food facility registration form as mandatory fields, including food categories that are currently included on the food facility registration form as optional fields.

    Upcoming Guidance for Industry on Food Facility Registration
    Three other updated food facility registration guidance documents will be released later this year to further clarify the process.

 

TK: The FDA's suspended animation in reference to FSMA rulemaking is a disservice to the industry. More detail is needed to bring certainty to the process for all involved.

 


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Ray Webb    
USA  |  September, 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM

When every food handler has to register with FDA with all their facilities and food categories, there will be a traceback/traceup of contaminated food possible by an anticipated participation of 100% within 3 months. Every registered facility will have some type of identification code. I assume a buyer will probably ask for the code in order to be on the safe side in case of an event. The good part for the whole food industry is the FDA’s code is free. If I see it correct, the expensive GTIN number is more useless then ever as it was only created to run the checkout faster in some stores and do heavy benchmarking with the captured data in the barcode. The data captured in this barcode is not required by FDA as everybody can find out, during the registration process.

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