The FDA has released new proposed regulations for food traceability. The proposed rule identifies growing, receiving, transforming, creating, and shipping as the Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) for which records containing Key Data Elements (KDEs) would be required. The regulation would apply to a list of specific foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL).
This proposal would establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements to what is currently required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It is an effort to standardize traceability records, as many food manufacturers are not yet using traceability software and others use solutions which are not compatible with each other.
The proposal would also address the lack of data visibility to track specific products through the supply chain. Today, this results in broad product recalls and unnecessary product loss.
The FDA is accepting public comments on the proposed regulation on their website through Jan 21, 2021.