U.S. Government's New Food Safety Panel Sets New Rules: Trace and Trackby Enterprise Labeling on Jul 7, 2009 • 10:20 am No Comments
New food safety standards set by a panel established by President Barack Obama will be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Agriculture Department working together. This news comes from this Associated Press (AP) report by Mary Clare Jalonick.
Of note is that in the AP item, the number one ‘new rule’ to be listed is this: The FDA will help the food industry establish better tracing systems to track the origins of a bacterial outbreak. None of this is all that surprising except it probably means the pace at which new tracing systems will be fully vetted and imposed will be faster. Since many in the fresh produce industry and others have already voluntarily pledged their support for GS1, the timing of this might very well imply the FDA will go with the proven global solution, and do it quickly. Stay tuned!
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