Distribution/Trace Forward
 Improving P d t T i of Food
 I     i Product Tracing f F d
    Public Meeting, 12/9-10/09


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Expectations
• To reduce consumer exposure to unsafe
  products, FDA expects regulated firms to have
  an accurate and doc...
Challenges
• Globalization:
   – imported ingredients and finished products
   – exports (known and presumed)
• The distri...
Opportunities/Enhancements
• Standardization among distribution systems –
  electronic, interconnected
• Better use of ret...
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Dave Elder, Office Of Regional Ops And Regulatory Affairs, Fda

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Presentation regarding Produce Traceability as presented to FDA & FSIS on December 9 & 10, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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Dave Elder, Office Of Regional Ops And Regulatory Affairs, Fda

  1. 1. Distribution/Trace Forward Improving P d t T i of Food I i Product Tracing f F d Public Meeting, 12/9-10/09 David K. Elder Director, Office of Regional Operations Office of Regulatory Affairs U.S. Food and Drug Administration 1
  2. 2. Expectations • To reduce consumer exposure to unsafe products, FDA expects regulated firms to have an accurate and documented system to trace product through the full distribution chain and to retrieve it rapidly if necessary – Prepare and exercise plans/procedures for conducting an effective recall – Use sufficient product coding – Maintain distrib tion records distribution – Fully understand the distribution and use of their products –KKnow suppliers as well as customers li ll t 2
  3. 3. Challenges • Globalization: – imported ingredients and finished products – exports (known and presumed) • The distribution system is as strong as its weakest link and the full distribution chain is often complex • Paper-based systems do not facilitate rapid or accurate p y p traceability • Certain products (e.g. poorly coded, perishable) are often more difficult to fully trace than others y • Ingredient-driven issues: – an unsafe ingredient used in various finished products significantly raises the difficulty level for risk control in the full distribution chain – Recent examples: peanut butter, pet food 3
  4. 4. Opportunities/Enhancements • Standardization among distribution systems – electronic, interconnected • Better use of retail purchasing information through consumer shopper cards • Track and trace; current feasibility of RFID? • Clear and meaningful product coding • Rapid alert systems that provide clear, accurate, and meaningful information through the full distribution chain (that is acted upon as needed) • Real-time efforts to determine the effectiveness of a recall, with i f ll i h intervention as needed i d d 4

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