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FDA Adopts Rule to Improve Food, Feed Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring people who handle food or animal feed to establish and maintain records indicating the immediate source and immediate subsequent recipient in the United States of their product.

The final rule is part of U.S. efforts to protect the U.S. food supply from intentional or accidental food adulteration and is intended to help FDA effectively trace and remove from the food supply any item that poses a "significant health threat," according to a FDA press release.

The regulation is the fourth rulemaking adopted under the authority of the "Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002" (the Bioterrorism Act), which directs the agency to develop regulations designed to increase the safety and security of the U.S. human food and animal feed supply.

Under the new requirements, manufacturers, processors, packers BIG AND SMALL and importers must maintain records on food for human consumption for six months to two years, depending on the shelf life of the food, and records on animal feed for one year. Transporters are only required to retain records for one year regardless of the food or feed transported.

Most covered businesses have 12 months to comply with the rule, but small business (those with more than 10 but fewer than 500 employees) have 18 months to comply and very small business (with 10 or fewer employees) have 24 months to comply, according to the rule.

FDA also issued draft guidance detailing the procedures it will follow before requesting access to records.

The text of this rule and three other rules designed to protect the U.S. food supply are accessible at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

FDA Issues Final Rule on the Establishment and Maintenance of Records to Enhance the Security of the U.S. Food Supply Under the Bioterrorism Act

FDA also issues draft guidance regarding records access

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued final regulations on the establishment and maintenance of records to protect the U.S. human food and animal feed supply in the event of credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. FDA also issued draft guidance to FDA staff and industry, which details the internal procedures the agency will follow before requesting access to records.

"Publication of this recordkeeping rule represents a milestone in U.S. food safety and security," said Secretary of Health and Human Services [HHS], Tommy G. Thompson. "There is more work to do yet, but our nation is now more prepared than ever before to protect the public against threats to the food supply."

This final regulation implements section 306 of the Bioterrorism Act, which directs the HHS Secretary to issue regulations requiring persons who manufacture, process, pack, transport, distribute, receive, hold, or import food to establish and maintain records. These records identify the immediate previous source of all food received, as well as, the immediate subsequent recipient of all food released.

"These records will be crucial for FDA to deal effectively with food-related emergencies, such as deliberate contamination of food by terrorists," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner. "The ability to trace back will enable us to get to the source of contamination. The records also enable FDA to trace forward to remove adulterated food that poses a significant health threat in the food supply."

The final regulation is the fourth regulation designed to increase the safety and security of the U.S. human and animal food supply under the authority of the "Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002" (the Bioterrorism Act).

The record retention period for human foods ranges from six months to two years depending on the shelf life of the food. Records for animal food, including pet food, must be retained for one year. The maximum record retention requirement for transporters of all types of food is one year.

Records must be retained at the establishment where the activities covered in the records occurred or at a reasonable accessible location. To minimize the burden on food companies affected by the final rule, companies may keep the required information in any format, paper or electronic. All businesses covered by this rule must comply within 12 months from the date the rule is published in the Federal Register, except small and very small businesses. Small businesses [11-499 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs)] must comply within 18 months from this date, and very small businesses (10 or fewer FTEs) have to comply within 24 months from this date.

When FDA has a reasonable belief that an article of food is adulterated and presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, any records or other information to which FDA has access must be available for inspection and copying as soon as possible, not to exceed 24 hours from time of receipt of the official request. The records access authority applies both to records required to be established and maintained by the final rule, or any other records a covered entity may keep to comply with federal, state, or local law or as a matter of business practice.

The Bioterrorism Act allows FDA to bring a civil action in federal court to enjoin the persons who fail to comply with this rule. FDA also can seek criminal actions in federal court to prosecute persons who fail to establish and maintain records, as required by the final rule.

FDA has already issued three other final regulations under the Bioterrorism Act, which are in effect. They cover:

-- Registration foreign and domestic food facilities;
-- Prior notice of food shipments imported or offered for import into the U.S.; and
-- Administrative detention, so that food products that might pose a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death may be detained.

information about all four rules designed to protect the U.S. food supply is available at http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html.
 

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I guess this gets rid of the COOL argument for food safety, EH?


Takes the protectionist fringe groups out of the picture a little further. Hell, it was said, be careful what you wish for a couple of times here b4, right?

And b4 Staff or Porker tell you their system does all of this, (not telling you that the producer also has to input all relevant info.)

The CCIA system is already set up to do this, and yes, we will still have to rely on producer honesty, but it's in place, by a non-private data-warehouse.
 

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YES , Murgen we will still have to rely on producer honesty and gov. regs along with everyone else.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring people who handle food or animal feed to establish and maintain records indicating the immediate source and immediate subsequent recipient in the United States of their product. Under the new requirements, manufacturers, processors, packers BIG AND SMALL and importers must maintain records on food for human consumption for six months to two years, depending on the shelf life of the food, and records on animal feed for one year. Transporters are only required to retain records for one year regardless of the food or feed transported.

You got a truck Murgen? And I thought the CDL rules were Bad.
 

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You want a truck of source verified calves, I can set you up, will you still buy them if they are verified using another system than yours. They might not have a bolus in them, but they can be verified right to birth, feed etc. Tags will still work with scanners etc.

How many do you want? I'm sure you might get a premium on these Canadian cattle. COOL them and you might even get a little more, they are a hot commodity right now! What about DNA tested? Would that mean anything to you, I could show you which ones are probably to go quality and which ones will go yield!

How about Tenderness, does that mean anything? DNA tested! Calpain is the enzyme that breaks down muscle fiber-post mortem!

See, as Americans fight about NCBA and RCALF, us Canadians, we continue to use new technolgies to advance, even in a depressed market.
 

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You want a truck of source verified calves, I can set you up, will you still buy them if they are verified using another system than yours. They might not have a bolus in them, but they can be verified right to birth, feed etc. Tags will still work with scanners etc.
Are they on Cow Sense Records as they can be interfaced to Scoring Ag?
 

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They can be put on an excel spreadsheet, like many other systems. Which can all be spliced onto SSI.

Your system isn't that different, is it?
 

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The excel spreadsheet as I been told has to have a interface as the SSI system is written with Cold Fussion running a Solaris backend for speed like googles is.
 

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Which breed cattle or can you give me this same data like in this link http://www.scoringag.com/demo/index.cfm?pageaction=displayentity&entity_id=4388
 

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I can give you that kind of data and more, I din't see any breeding dates, treatments etc. on the sheet you linked me to. I can give you dates of treatments etc.
 

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