F.D.A. to hold public product tracing meeting

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (F.S.I.S.) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has scheduled a public meeting for Dec. 9-10 in Washington to discuss product tracing systems for food intended for humans and animals.

“This discussion will help F.D.A. and F.S.I.S. determine what short- and long-term steps the two agencies should take to enhance the current tracing system,” the F.D.A. wrote in a Nov. 3 Federal Register notice.

According to the Federal Register notice, the F.D.A. and the F.S.I.S. intend to use the public meeting to stimulate and focus a discussion about the core elements of product tracing systems, gaps in current product tracing systems, and mechanisms to enhance product tracing systems for food. In addition, the meeting is expected to help the agencies use information to identify the source of contamination during outbreaks of foodborne illness and to improve the ability all part of the supply chain to more quickly identify food that is, or may be, contaminated and remove it from the market.

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