The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to establish additional “traceability recordkeeping requirements” for manufacturers, processors, and others for foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List. This will apply to retail food establishments and the proposal expressly includes convenience stores and non-grocery stores.
The proposed rule requires that:
- Records be maintained as either original paper records, electronic records, or true copies; they all must be legible and stored to prevent deterioration or loss.
- Traceability records be provided to FDA as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after a request is made.
- An electronic sortable spreadsheet containing relevant traceability information be provided to FDA within 24 hours of a request when necessary to assist FDA during an outbreak, recall or other threat to public health.
Retail food establishments that employ 10 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are exempt.
More information on the proposed rule can be found here.
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