FDA Drafts Reportable Food Registry for Comment

June 17, 2009

In response to section 1005 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, FDA (Rockville, MD) has drafted its Reportable Food Registry (RFR).

In response to section 1005 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, FDA (Rockville, MD) has drafted its Reportable Food Registry (RFR).

RFR now requires a “responsible party” to file a report through an FDA internet portal whenever a food or dietary supplement regulated by FDA poses a threat of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. A “responsible party” is any person who submits registration information to FDA from a food facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for human or animal consumption in the United States.

The draft for RFR details who is responsible for submitting reports, when and where reports must be submitted, and what information must be provided in the reports and through the food supply chain.

Implementation of RFR is scheduled for September 8, 2009 and may also be accessed by federal, state, and local officials for reporting information on adulterated foods.

The draft can be read at: www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/default.htm or www.regulations.gov.