As of September 9, 2009, food and beverage processors are mandated to report all reportable food incidents to the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry when, “there is reasonable probability that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences.” This mandate applies to all food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States. Details of this program are available via the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry resource Web page.
The program includes reporting key data during an initial disclosure and via follow-up reports including items such as the date the article of food was determined to be reportable, a description of the food including quantity and amount, the extent or nature of the adulteration, the result of investigation to determine the cause of the adulteration, disposition of the article of food, and product information typically found on packaging sufficient to identify the article of food.
Once the submission is completed, a confirmation page identified via an Individual Case Survey Report ID (ICSR), including all submitted information, is produced. This report can be saved as a PDF file and associated with key data elements in the food and beverage processor’s Enterprise 21 ERP system, including customer incident reporting, lot traceability data, and associated customer shipments.
Food and beverage processors are strongly encouraged to review their Comprehensive Recall Management plans and make appropriate adjustments based on the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry mandate. For an overview of the Reportable Food Registry, please review the FDA’s “Reportable Food Registry (RFR): At a Glance” document.